BRISTOL, Tenn. – Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs.
Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second.
It’s awesome, Logano said in Victory Lane. I’ve never won more than one race in a season, and now I’ve won three.
Kenseth elected to stay on the track when most of the field pitted after a caution flag with 67 laps to go, picking track position over new tires. But once the green flag flew again, Logano and then Keselowski proved the choice faulty.
I just knew that clean air was going to be worth more than new tires, Kenseth said of his decision after finishing third.
Kenseth still remains in great position to make the Chase, standing fifth in the points race and first among non-winners.
Power wins IndyCar pole in Sonoma
Will Power won the IndyCar pole at Sonoma Raceway in California, putting the overall points leader in prime position for his championship chase.
Power turned a lap in 1 minute, 17.4126 seconds on the winding course at the base of wine country. He’ll start in front today when he attempts to win the race for the fourth time in five years.
The Australian broke his own track record in the first qualifying heat, finishing in 1:17.2393.
Josef Newgarden finished second, with Scott Dixon third and James Hinchcliffe fourth. Helio Castroneves, who trails teammate Power by 39 points in the overall race, finished sixth.