Joey Logano Outdrives Brad Keselowski At Watkins Glen International To Win Zippo 200

Joey Logano Outdrives Brad Keselowski At Watkins Glen International To Win Zippo 200

by August 8, 2015 0 comments

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Joey Logano  held off his Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski to win Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.

Ultimately, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski dominated the on-track activity, overcoming pit road penalties with Logano claiming his first win at Watkins Glen International in a NASCAR XFINITY Series car and Brad Keselowski earning his sixth top-10 finish of the season. Chris Buescher, Boris Said and Ty Dillon rounded out the top-five.

“It’s pretty special,” Logano said.  “As a driver you always want to have a road course win on your resume.  I’ve yet to have one on the Cup side, but it’s nice to have one on the XFINITY side now. We’ve come close to winning this race a few times, but had never been able to make it happen.”

The win marks the 100th victory for Roush Yates Engines in the XFINITY Series. The race consisted of 9 lead changes with Team Penske teammates, Keselowski and Logano leading 79 of the 82 laps.

Throughout the afternoon, there were only seven cautions. Most were for debris and cars stopped on the track, but the fieriest moment of the race came on Lap 77 when Kenny Habul made contact with Brendan Gaughan, followed by contact from Ryan Reed. The accident resulted in a 10 minute and one second red flag for cleanup.

“When he (Kenny Habul) spun I don’t know if he was spinning to try to stay off the outside wall, but it filled the whole track up with smoke and I couldn’t see anything,” Reed said. “You just kind of guess where to go and I guessed high because he had kind of spun down to the bottom and he must have throttled back up the race track trying to keep it going and just kind of drove straight into the fence. I guessed wrong there and just kind of ran out of room.”

Following the checkered flag, tempers boiled over as Regan Smith and Ty Dillon entered a heated tussle on pit road.

Smith grabbed Dillon by the suit, initiating the argument regarding an incident on Lap 47, where the two made contact but did not bring out the caution.

“I may have lost the championship today, but he sure as hell did, too,” said Smith, sitting fourth in points. “There’s zero chance the 3 car (Ty Dillon) wins the championship.”

As for Ty Dillon who currently sits third in the point standings, he said, “He didn’t say much. … It was a mistake on my part. I was gonna go talk to him, I guess he didn’t want to talk.”

Chris Buescher maintains the point lead in the championship standings, leading defending series champion, Chase Elliott by 24 points.

“We’re always paying attention to points,” Buescher said. “We felt like we had a top-five car for the weekend, and we knew that we were pretty consistently better than the guys we’re racing in points throughout the weekend, so, for us, it was just a matter of making sure we finished that way.

“We did a good job.  We were able to stay right there in that top-five all day, and really, that’s what we needed to do.”

The NASCAR XFINITY Series continues to take the winding turns of the road courses as the series heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, August 15 for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Coverage for the event will air live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Camille Jones

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