Logano Takes NNS Race At Kansas Speedway
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kansas City, Kan. – Joey Logano held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch and points leader Brad Keselowski over the final laps to win the Kansas Lottery 300 Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon.
To victory was the second of the season for Logano and the eighth of his Nationwide career.
He beat Keselowski to the finish line by .315 seconds. It gave him two straight wins at Kansas.
“Cool win,” Logano, who started from the pole and whose other victory this season came at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway oval, said.
Busch, who led a race-best 64 laps, finished third after being passed by Keselowski after a restart with two laps to go.
Kevin Harvick, who led 43 laps, finished fourth. Martin Truex Jr., who led 13 laps, was fifth.
Carl Edwards who started the race second in points and 320 behind Keselowski, finished 14th.
Logano owed a debt of thanks to Keselowski who gave him a push from behind to keep him ahead of his charging teammate on the final restart.
“He (Brad Keselowski) helped me out a lot, which is perfect because I pushed him to a couple of wins so it’s nice for him to push me once – that’s pretty cool,” Logano said. “I was a little nervous about it. When I was on the bottom there – not the last restart – the one before that the spotter yelled clear. So, I was like, ‘I’ve got to clear him (Kyle Busch) and come up the race track before he gets to the outside of me, because he would have had me in (turns) three and four.’
“I was clear at the time, and I left him a little bit of room up there. I think his tires got a little dirty up there. Either way it’s a cool win. I’m excited about it. It’s good to be back here in victory lane.”
“I knew when Brad pushed him there was nothing I could do,” Busch, who was going for his 12th victory of the season, said.
Keselowski was closing in on Logano and his fifth victory of the season on the final lap but came up just short.
“Our car was good at points,” Keselowski said. “We just didn’t have enough speed to race with the 18 (Busch) and 20 (Logano).”
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