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There's no holding back Logano; Second career win ends long drought

LONG POND, Pa. -- Joey Logano stood on top of the No. 20 high-fiving everyone he could reach in Victory Lane. Beverages were sprayed, fists were pumped and throaty shouts of celebration could be heard well down the 2 1/2 -mile track.

It's what winning a Sprint Cup race is all about.

It's what Logano has waited years to truly experience. Not rain or Mark Martin would deny him this feeling.

Logano gave a crafty Martin a well-timed nudge out of the way in the closing laps Sunday at Pocono Raceway to clinch his first victory since 2009 and become the first Sprint Cup driver this season to win from the pole.

The one-time prodigy and the grizzled veteran pushing hard down the stretch was a duel to remember at Pocono.

"I didn't stop screaming until I got to Victory Lane," Logano said. "You work so hard to do this."

This one felt like the first time for Logano after his only other career win in 125 Sprint Cup starts was a rain-shortened victory at New Hampshire. Wins count the same in the record book. But they sure do feel different.

"When you cross the line and you've won the race, to me, it's an amazing feeling," Logano said.

Logano had the top car all weekend, posting the fastest practice time Friday and then taking the pole Saturday.

Logano, once a much-hyped phenom when he broke in with Joe Gibbs Racing, was under pressure to produce victories in the final year of his four-year contract.

Logano's win continues a recent uptick of solid results in the Cup series. He has insisted this season his contract status has not added pressure.

But in Victory Lane, he hoped the victory sent a message to his critics.

"I hope it shuts them all up," he said. "It means a whole lot."

Kyle Busch saw a strong run end in the garage for the second straight race, this time the result of a blown engine.

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Hamilton first in Canada

MONTREAL -- Lewis Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix.

He is the seventh different winner in the first seven races of the season -- an unprecedented display of parity on the Formula One circuit.

Romain Grosjean was second to the McLaren Mercedes and Sergio Perez was third Sunday, followed by Sebastian Vettel.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the crash that killed Gilles Villeneuve, the city's beloved driver.

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