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Logano Gets His Third Victory of Season

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 23 2014

Joey Logano drove to victory at Bristol on Saturday night. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)


Joey Logano’s breakout season continued Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway as he won his third race of the 2014 season.

Logano, who notched his sixth victory in 207 Sprint Cup starts, took the lead away from Matt Kenseth with 46 laps to go and sprinted to the finish.

“Got our third win of the year,” Logano said. “What a year we’re having. This is so much fun. The past six or seven races have been unbelievable. We’ve been running up front. It’s been so much fun.”

Logano led 76 of 500 laps.

His other victories came at Texas and Richmond. Logano notched his 10th top-five finish and his 14th top-10 finish in 24 starts this season.

“This is one of the three biggest races of the year,” Logano said. “The Bristol night race. To have this in the record books with your name on it, it’s just really, really cool.”

His Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski, finished second.

“Joey ran a great race,” Keselowski, also a three-time winner in 2014, said. “He just had better track position on me. I felt like a couple times I was faster, a couple times he was faster. I’d get right behind him and I would get in the dirty air and it would push too much to be able to do anything with him and that’s what happened on that last lap. It just wouldn’t stick.”

Kenseth, who led 62 laps and who is still looking for his first win of the year, was third.

Rounding out the top five were Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch.

Nine times the race was slowed by cautions and 64 laps were run under yellow.

Kevin Harvick caused the most significant wreck of the night when he slammed into Denny Hamlin, who was leading the race, into the wall. Hamlin bounced off the wall and then was hit by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“I couldn’t see what happened to Denny,” Earnhardt said of the incident, which occurred on Lap 161, “but he got turned around or something and was coming up the track. There was a lot of smoke so I couldn’t really judge the speed of his car to know whether I needed to be going up there and go around him on the top. I had to make that choice. I just went ahead and went to the top and ended up getting into him.”

Hamlin, who led 28 laps before being slammed by Harvick, did see what happened to him. He responded to the slam by Harvick by throwing his HANS device at Harvick’s car after the wreck.

(This story will be updated shortly)

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 23 2014
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