Joey Logano scored his first Chase victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Sylvania 300 today by holding off Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick. It was Logano’s seventh career win and his fourth of the season. The victory locks both Penske teams into the next round of the Chase.
Logano who attended his first Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire at the age of five, was excited to win at his home track.
“We worked hard. This is my home racetrack, the coolest place to win for me. I could never pick a better racetrack to win. I watched my first Cup race here when I was five. I won that other Cup race here (in 2009), and I just felt like I had to win one the right way here. It just means so much,” stated Logano.
NASCAR Rookie contender and series standout, Kyle Larson came home in second place after getting by Harvick on the next to final restart when Logano went around Harvick for the lead.
Larson, whose crew chief Chris Heroy was playing the fuel mileage card remarked post race said, “It was a really good race for us. Our Target Chevy wasn’t even a top-15 car the first 100 laps, and Shine (Chris Heroy) and everybody on this Target team did a great job to get me in the game. They made some big changes there under the second or third caution, and it felt like a totally different race car. So hats off to my guys. Thanks to Chip (Ganassi), Felix (Sabates), Chevy, Target, everybody. I always get close when Chip is here, I just can’t get a win it seems like. Maybe sometime I’ll get a win with Chip here.”
Kevin Harvick started on the pole and led the most laps. He would cross the line in third place after losing the lead to Logano on the next to last restart. Harvick was perturbed with race winner Logano in regards to the day’s restarts.
“Good day for us, we had a fast car, track position is tough, and it wound up being really hard racing there,” he explained in post race comments. “Brad moved me out of the way and I got up out of the grove and wound up getting second. Then at the end there, NASCAR must not be able to see the lines on the restart there. The 22 (Logano) was way early all day, but all in all, he did what he had to do and I just enjoy racing that hard.”
The race was slowed by 16 cautions including the competition caution on lap 35. Nine of 16 Chase drivers were involved in accidents through the course of the day including Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, and Kasey Kahne.
Chase Point Standings as of New Hampshire:
Final Race Results from the Sylvania 300:
|9||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr|
|12||78||Martin Truex Jr|
|39||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr|