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Joey Logano Earns Berth In NASCAR Championship With Win At Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, KS (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Team Penske’s Joey Logano held off Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick to win Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

The victory guarantees Logano a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship November 8, 2020 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

“So proud of this Shell-Pennzoil team,” said Logano. “They never quit today. It was a tough one to start. We kind of fell back I think a couple stage points the first stage, then no stage points the second. Paul had some strategy. Two tires. Hung in there, kept our track position. Crazy good pit stops kept us in position.”

Logano did the rest, getting to the lead and then blocking several attempts by Harvick to get the lead of the race away from the No. 22 Ford.

“A couple decent restarts got us to the lead,” said Logano. “From there it’s just driving out of that mirror almost the whole time there the last 40 laps. It was a long 40 laps, however long that run was.”

Harvick didn’t think Logano had a better car, just better track position when it mattered most.

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“Joey did just a good job of putting his car right in front of ours,” said Harvick. “With this package, every time you put your car in front of the car behind you, it takes the nose away. We just had a little bit of trouble trying to get the nose to turn when he would take our lane. Our car was plenty fast to win the race today and just came up one short.”

Alex Bowman finished third in the No. 88 Chevrolet followed by Logano’s teammate Brad Keselowski in fourth and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5.

Two playoff drivers had issues in Kansas.  Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin hit the wall on lap 180.  Hamlin was forced to pit road due to the damage.  Hamlin however rallied for a fifteenth place finish.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch was not as fortunate.  Busch’s motor blew up on lap 197 ending the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet’s day.  Busch is now in a must-win situation in the next two events (Texas and Martinsville) if he hopes to compete for his second Cup Series Championship.

Logano’s win means there are only 3-spots remaining in the Championship finale at Phoenix. Currently that leaves Keselowski and Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott fighting it out for the final spot.  Keselowski sits in third place, eight points ahead of Elliott for the current points cut-off.

Kansas Final Results

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William Byron Wins NASCAR Cup Series Race At Homestead-Miami Speedway

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HOMESTEAD, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Hendrick Motorsports William Byron picked up the win in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Byron led race-high 102 laps en route to his second career Cup Series victory.

“This car was just awesome,” said Byron, who credited his crew chief Rudy Fugle. “The track was super slick to start. We had to start pretty far back but made our way up and just had to keep adjusting on the car and kind of finding those little bits.”

Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick was chasing down Byron in final laps of the race but simply ran out of time to catch the leader.

“It’s beyond frustrating,” said Reddick. “2 or 3 different decisions on a restart would have put me miles ahead and I would have been in-reach (of Byron).  2nd’s great but I saw how much faster I was than those guys at the end so naturally it’s frustrating.”

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Martin Truex Jr finished third followed by Kyle Larson in fourth and Kevin Harvick and in fifth.

“My balance got off their the last 40-laps or so,” said Truex. “So close.”

Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell finished sixth follow by Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman in seventh.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch finished eighth and his teammate Ross Chastain finished 17th.

The races featured 20-lead changes among 16-drivers and was slowed by 6-caution flags for 36-laps.

Homestead Cup Results

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Myatt Snider Wins NASCAR Xfinity Race At Homestead Miami Speedway

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HOMESTEAD, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Myatt Snider held off a hard-charging Tyler Reddick to win the Contender Boats 250 Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The victory was Snider’s NASCAR Xfinity Series win.

“It’s amazing to finally be in this position of having won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race,” said Snider.

Snider spun his tires on the first restart and Reddick got the lead before the eighth and final caution flag flew for AJ Allmendinger, who spun in Turn 1.

“I yelled ‘damn it’ to myself when they told me on the radio that Tyler was ahead of me,” Snider said after that restart.  Snider made the most of the next restart.

“I guess I got a great second chance there,” said Snider.  “I saw Tyler (Reddick) happened to do the same thing on the second restart, so I knew that if I could just lay as much power down as I could and get out ahead of everybody then I had a great chance.”

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Reddick may have crossed the finish line second but that was short-lived as his car failed NASCAR’s post-race inspection because the ride height in the right rear measured too low.

Reddick’s penalty moved Brandon Jones up to second.

“Those restarts are crazy,” remarked Jones. “That’s a big one there at the end, getting your tires picked up and trying to regroup and you’re going three or four-wide.”

Daniel Hemric finished third with Jeb Burton and Austin Cindric rounding out the top 5.

Snider beat Reddick by .085-seconds.  The race featured 20-lead changes among 11-drivers.  There were 8-caution flags for 42-laps.  The average speed of the race was 103.72 MPH.

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Chip Ganassi Fined And Suspended By NASCAR

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Team owner Chip Ganassi ended up on the NASCAR penalty report following this weekend’s events at Daytona International Speedway.

Ganassi was fined $30,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Event which is Sunday at Homestead Miami Speedway.

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Ganassi violated section 12.8.1.b of the NASCAR Rule Book “for bringing into the competition area a non-essential individual that was restricted from the footprint”, essentially brining someone not authorized inside the ‘bubble’ which part of the sanctioning body’s COVID-19 protocol.

Chip Ganassi Racing will be permitted to enter their cars, the No. 1 Monster Energy/Gearwrench Chevrolet driven by Kurt Busch and the No. 42 McDonald/Clover Camaro driven by Ross Chastain, in the event.

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