Logano Overcomes Pit Road Problems For 2nd Victory Of The Season Sunday In Phoenix

Joey Logano became the first multi time winner of the NASCAR season. The Team Penske driver started the west coast swing off with a win two weeks ago in the Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He bookends the trip with a trip to victory lane in Sunday’s FanShield 500 at the Phoenix Raceway.

Logano, overcame two problems on pit road to score his 25th career NASCAR Cup Series victory in the fifth closest finish ever for NASCAR’s premiere series on the 1-mile Arizona oval.

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Joey Logano crosses the finish line first in Sunday’s FanShield 500 at the Phoenix Raceway

Logano, topped Kevin Harvick by just .276-seconds in overtime.

Not even overtime or an uncontrolled tire penalty in the second stage or a broken jack on his final stop, could halt Logano from scoring his second career win in the desert.

“Everybody learned something out there today just whether it’s racing, the way this traction compound is, the awesome sauce up there, how that worked out, played throughout the race,” Logano said after leading 60 laps on Sunday. “There’s a lot learned, for sure. We learned that this No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford team is just stout and is not going to get beat if we have the opportunity. We tried everything we could to regain our track position and get control back of the race. I knew that last restart was going to be crazy. It was cool to see two Fords on the front row at the end of a race like that. This is a motor racetrack as much as we don’t think it is. Proud of the team effort today to make this one come.”

Phoenix hasn’t always been kind to Logano as while he finished in the top 10 for both races a year ago, his last top five was his victory in the Fall race in 2016.

Harvick, finished runner-up for the third time of his career at Phoenix as he led 67 laps in his No. 4 Ford on Sunday afternoon. It was also his 18th career top five on the race track, most all-time to go along with his 14th consecutive top 10 finish there. The reason Harvick wasn’t the one celebrating in victory lane was he lost his track position.

”(Logano) just had control of the race,” Harvick said after the race. “After we pitted there, I got stuck behind a couple of cars there, lost five or six spots. He got by and got control of the race. He got to restart where he wanted to. Our Jimmy John’s Ford was better, especially when we could put it in front of his. We just didn’t get the control of the race back there, and he was able to get by us on that restart where I got hung up.”

Kyle Busch finished third in his No. 18 Toyota for his fifth straight top three finish in Phoenix and ninth top four in his last 10 tries. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver also finished runner-up last week in Fontana for two straight top three runs now on the season.

Kyle Larson brought his No. 42 Chevrolet home fourth while Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five in his No. 14 Ford for his first top five on the Arizona oval since 2008.

The points leader coming into the weekend in Ryan Blaney was caught up in an early incident when Denny Hamlin lost control of his No. 11 Toyota in Turn 3 and slipped up into Brad Keselowski on Lap 63. Blaney, was an innocent bystander running the high lane in the PJ1 traction compound at the time and had no where to go.

FanShield 500 Results

  1. 22 Logano
  2.  4 Harvick
  3. 18 KyBusch
  4. 42 Larson
  5. 14 Bowyer
  6.  1 KuBusch
  7.  9 Elliott
  8. 10 Almirola
  9. 41 Custer R
  10. 24 Byron
  11.  2 Keselowski
  12. 48 Johnson
  13. 21 DiBenedetto
  14. 88 Bowman
  15. 13 TDillon
  16. 34 McDowell
  17. 17 Buescher
  18. 37 Preece
  19. 43 Wallace Jr.
  20. 11 Hamlin
  21. 96 Suarez
  22. 47 Stenhouse Jr.
  23.  6 Chastain
  24. 95 Bell R
  25. 38 Nemechek R
  26. 52 Yeley
  27. 32 LaJoie
  28. 20 Jones -3
  29. 53 Gase -3
  30. 77 Sorenson -4
  31. 15 Poole R OUT
  32. 19 Truex Jr. OUT
  33.  8 Reddick R OUT
  34. 00 Houff R OUT
  35. 51 Smithley OUT
  36.  3 ADillon OUT
  37. 12 Blaney OUT
  38. 66 Hill OUT

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