Logano Can Relax But Not Kick Back After CMS
Joey Logano won the checkers and a free pass to the third round of the Chase on Sunday. Felt pretty good, too, he said. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Perhaps Martin Truex Jr. summed up the status of NASCAR’s Contender Round the best when he said Bank of America 500 winner Joey Logano would be the only one sleeping for the next two weeks.
Logano didn’t disagree.
“Last year we won Kansas when it was the first race of this round and now we were able to get it this time at Charlotte,” Logano said after acquiring his fourth victory this year and his first at the 1.5-mile track. “We’ll get lots of sleep here the next couple of weeks. This helps us recharge our batteries and get ready for the next round and come out swinging for that one.”
With two 1.5-mile tracks and the 2.66-mile Talladega facility comprising The Chase’s second round, the drivers battling for the championship were adamant that their performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway was critical.
Just as important for Logano, however, is the fact that with his victory he defeated defending series champion Harvick by 0.703 second. Harvick has been strong the entire season, posting three victories, 20 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes with only one DNF along the way. He dominated the Dover and New Hampshire Chase races, emerging victorious at Dover but running out of fuel with less than five laps remaining at New Hampshire. No doubt, however, Logano’s victory Sunday sent a message as he led four times for 227 of the race’s 334 laps. Read the full story »