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Joey Logano Wins Race for the Cure 300


In a race that was also delayed by the effects of Hurricane Matthew, Joey Logano took the #12 Penske Ford to victory lane Sunday in the Race for the Cure 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway in the team’s rare appearance. Elliott Sadler finished second, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, and Erik Jones rounded out the top 5.

Logano was hours removed from a hard day in the CUP race that saw him hit the wall two times after having cut tires and recording a 36th place finish. But, it seemed like he had zero problem recovering as he took out his frustrations on the XFINITY Series field.

“It was fun to race a car with no points and nothing to lose,” Logano told NBCSN after the race. “I was huffing and puffing and giving it all I had.”

He had to use a lot in himself though to do that, only taking the lead for the firstt ime on lap 189. Despite that though, he never looked back and won after leading the final 12 laps.

NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Grid after 1st round:

1) #19-Daniel Suarez [2 wins], 3000
2) #1-Elliott Sadler [3 wins], 3000
3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 3000
4) #20-Erik Jones [4 wins], 3000
5) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 3000
6) #16-Ryan Reed, 3000
7) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 3000
8) #11-Blake Koch, 3000
Bottom 4 drivers were eliminated after Charlotte:
9) #3-Ty Dillon
10) #48-Brennan Poole
11) #39-Ryan Sieg
12) #33-Brandon Jones

Other storylines from Sunday’s Race for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway include:

  • Ty Dillon witness first hand how dramatic the “playoff” Chase format is in it’s first year. Ty Dillon finished a solid 11th, but he fell one point shy of advancing into the Round of 8.
  • The upstart Blake Koch however, saw the grit and passion advancing into the next round can be. He finished 12th, one sport behind Ty Dillon. Despite it though, the first year Kaulig Racing team is still in the hunt for an XFINITY Series title.
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. finished 20th, the lowest-finishing Chase driver, but still advanced to the Round of 8 by just one point.

Next Race Up: The Round of 8 kicks off in Saturday at Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300