Joey Logano gave Ford a Sprint Cup sweep in Michigan -- and enabled team owner Roger Penske to celebrate a victory in his home state.
Now Logano can start to envision a happy finish to what has been an eventful season for the 23-year-old driver.
"We're close, we're close," Logano said Sunday after winning the Michigan 400. "What a great place to win -- what a great time to win, being in Ford's backyard."
Logano boosted his chances of reaching the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning for the first time this season in a fuel-mileage race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
Logano and Kevin Harvick breezed past Mark Martin with just over three laps to go in the 400-mile, 200-lap race. Martin had been trying to stretch fuel, but when he faltered, Logano was able to hold off Harvick.
The win put Logano in 13th place in the standings, seven points behind Martin Truex Jr. for the second wild card with three races to go.
It has been an up-and-down year for Logano. He and teammate Brad Keselowski were docked 25 points each after NASCAR inspectors confiscated parts from the rear suspensions of their cars before a race in April.
More recently, Logano has had to recover from back-to-back 40th-place showings.
"A roller coaster, to say the least," Logano said. "We've just got to keep that momentum going. It just goes to show, as long as nothing goes wrong -- knock on wood -- we've been pretty good. We've had some good speed in our cars."
It was a rough day for Hendrick Motorsports.
Jimmie Johnson, the Sprint Cup points leader, was knocked out after 54 laps when his engine blew, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car was damaged when he slammed into the wall on the 135th lap. Johnson finished 40th, and Earnhardt was 36th.
Kasey Kahne did finish seventh and Jeff Gordon was 17th -- but Gordon slipped to 14th place in the standings and is in jeopardy of not qualifying for the Chase.
NHRA: Ron Capps won the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., for his third Funny Car victory this season.
Capps beat teammate and points leader Matt Hagan with a run of 4.063 seconds at 312.28 mph. Hagan finished in 4.095 at 312.78.
Spencer Massey won the Top Fuel division, and Mike Edwards topped the Pro Stock field.
MotoGP: Rookie Marc Marquez passed two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo midway through the race and pulled away for a 3.495-second victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Dani Pedrosa was second, and Lorenzo took third.