It was Logano’s second straight win in the Bristol night race.
“There’s not much time to look in the rearview mirror, but I realized how different his line was than mine”, he said of Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet.
“It was a very exciting last 20, 30 laps for sure, and neat to be able to get a checkered flag again here at Bristol”. Logano, the Daytona 500 victor, won on the Watkins Glen road course earlier this month.
JGR has been the hottest team in NASCAR all summer and leads the Sprint Cup Series with nine victories – including six wins in the last eight races. And I feel like we’ve had a few opportunities that have slipped away from us, like Martinsville. “I can’t wait for the Chase to start“.
“I’ve just got to thank everybody on the Jimmy John’s/Budweiser team for just doing what they had to do to stick this out”, Harvick said. “That’s what we did and that’s what we do every week”.
“Just ran out of gas”. He needed to maintain off a handful of challenges from Kevin Harvick, however finally cruised to his third win of the yr.
Though winning not only gets you bonus points when the Chase begin, it also automatically advances you to the next round during it. And the wins are why Logano and JGR have to be feeling good about their chances as well. “But it’s fun to be able to come to Bristol and be competitive”. “This hasn’t been notoriously my best racetrack”.
Kyle Busch, Edwards’ Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, took the lead on Lap 281. Then Busch gained Friday night time’s Xfinity Collection race.
Logano took over from there and racked up 176 laps out front in a race that saw 14 lead changes among five drivers. But he fended off constant attacks from Harvick, the defending series champion, while leading the final 64 laps around the half-mile track.
He finished 42nd and said he had no warning that his engine was faulty.
Overall, Ives said he felt the No. 88 had the “right people in place” and it was up to him to get the best out of each person. We didn’t have exactly the fastest race vehicle.
Matt Kenseth, the victor for JGR within the spring race on the monitor, had no probability to comb the season. David Ragan, from Michael Waltrip Racing, was fourth to give Toyota the top four starting spots Saturday night. “It would be cool if they would send you a text or something”. “It broke in the midst of the straightaway – it had that hop and that noise that it makes when you realize you dropped a valve“.
Brad Keselowski and Logano each have two Bristol wins and Kurt Busch had one in Penske cars. Earnhardt had an up-and-down day at Bristol.
“It’s been a great year and I’m excited for what lies ahead”, Dungey said. “No. But I thought it was probable”.
Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer.
Bowyer rallied to complete fifth. “I had to be in front of him to show that”, said Harvick. This was certainly what we needed as a group, as an organization, to have two cars run in the top five. Boyer, who is in 15th place in the Chase standings, extended his lead over 16th place Aric Almirola.
Helio Castroneves won the pole Saturday with a two-lap average of 220.530 miles per hour, a strong push toward yet another drive at his first career championship with two races left in the season. McMurray and Newman are 10th and 11th in the standings, respectively, the highest-scored drivers without a victory this season.