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Logano Wins Xfinity Series Zippo 200


For Joey Logano and Team Penske, the first order of business in the Zippo 200 on Saturday at Watkins Glen International was to figure out a way to beat Kyle Busch. Once circumstances determined that was no longer a concern, the next goal was to hold off the hungry field of opportunistic competitors and get one of their drivers to victory lane.

Mission accomplished.

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski put on a spirited battle late as each sought to give Team Penske their first Xfinity Series win of the year, but it was Logano who was able to get the job done. Keselowski was running Logano down until the trackbar on his Ford broke with 8 laps to go.

Logano picked up his first win of the season, 26th of his career and his second in a row at Watkins Glen after sweeping both series’ events last year. Following Logano across the line was Paul Menard in second.

Third place was Kyle Larson, fourth went to Daniel Suarez and Trevor Bayne finished fifth. The remainder of the top ten was Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed, and Brennan Poole.

Kyle Busch has dominated the series this year, as he has many other years. Entering Saturday’s event, Busch had won the last three races that he entered in the series and seven overall in 2016. But on this day, nothing went right for the Joe Gibbs number 18 team. First, Busch had to pit early on to repair a broken splitter. That put him deep in the field and on lap 18 Todd Bodine was turned into the outside wall as the field entered turn two. The resulting melee swept up ten cars, including Busch’s Toyota. The team saw no benefit to repairing the car simply to ride around and called it a day during the subsequent red flag. Cars incurring significant damage included Darrell Wallace Jr, Blake Koch, Bodine, and others.

A scary moment occurred on lap 57 as Derrike Cope’s car slowed at the end of the backstretch, an explosion of black smoke tore the front of the car open. Cope was unharmed and NASCAR impounded the car in effort to determine what caused the shocking incident to happen.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series makes a second consecutive stop at a road course next week for its annual race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13th.