Joey Logano And Team Penske Dominate To Win Zippo 200 At The Glenby Camille Jones August 6, 2016 0 comments
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Joey Logano prevailed at Watkins Glen International in Saturday’s Zippo 200 to win his first NASCAR XFINITY Series race of the 2016 season.
Logano, driver of the Team Penske No. 12 Snap-On Ford Mustang started on the pole in Saturday’s event at the road course and led 67 laps throughout the afternoon. After battling with teammate, Brad Keselowski for most of the race, with less than 10 laps to go, Keselowski’s car suffered a broken track bar, sending him to the pits and forcing him to end his race on pit road. Logano was able to hold onto the lead for the final laps to take home the win, his 26th career victory in the series.
“It was far from easy,” Logano said. “What a great Snap-On Ford Mustang. It was awesome for this 12 team to come together. It is a bunch of guys and girls we put together at the shop to have some fun and we come up here to Watkins Glen and it is a lot of fun to win at this racetrack. Brad gave me a run for my money that is for sure. He was just as fast as me, maybe faster. I never ran so many qualifying laps inside the car. I was running as hard as I possibly could and I wasn’t sure if my car would last running that hard but she held together just long enough. I couldn’t be more proud to be here in Victory Lane.”
Keselowski, who started second and ran up front all race long had to settle for a 24th place finish, following the broken track bar. Overall, it was a great day for the Ford team. Logano’s win marks only the second win all season long for Ford Performance in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
“Joey and I were both really fast and if either one of us got in the lead it was obvious we were going to drive away,” Keselowski said. “That is something to be really proud of. We had very fast Ford Mustangs today and congrats to Joey on the win. It is good for the program to see Team Penske get in Victory Lane today. I wish it could have been us, but I am happy for Joey and all those guys.”
Throughout the afternoon, there were six cautions for a total of 18 laps in the 82-lap race; however, only one caution brought out the red flag. On lap 19, a pile-up in the ‘esses’ collected eight cars, many suffering severe damage. The wreck began when Todd Bodine’s No. 90 Glenora Wine Cellars Chevrolet Camaro was hooked into the inside retaining wall, sending him back across the track as traffic approached and colliding with multiple cars. Included in the crash was Kyle Busch, after starting the race in the fifth position. The lap 19 accident brought out a 14-minute, four-second red flag before the field was able to return to yellow flag conditions.
Kyle (Busch) just got caught up in something that we never should have been around and it’s unfortunate,” said crew chief of the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Chris Gayle. “I hate it for Kyle, and for this race team — we had a really fast car today, one that could win and unfortunately we’ll have to learn from it and regroup to tackle Watkins Glen another time.”
Joe Gibbs Racing continued to have a rough day at Watkins Glen International, following Kyle Busch’s retirement from the event. On lap 52, the caution came out for Erik Jones as he came to a stop just before the inner loop due to running out of fuel. Jones rallied back for a 12th place finish. He’s expected to sign with Furniture Row Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday morning.
The final caution came out on lap 60 when Derrike Cope’s No. 70 E-hydrate/Sammi’s Best Chevrolet Camaro came to a halt in the inner loop. Just before coming to a stop, an explosion occurred under the hood. Cope was able to get out of the car unharmed, but the cause of the explosion is unknown. NASCAR has impounded the car and will investigate the cause.
Finishing just behind Joey Logano was Paul Menard, driver of the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro. Saturday’s top-10 finish at Watkins Glen International was Menard’s seventh top-10 finish in 10 races at the track.
Kyle Larson rounded out the top-three on Saturday at Watkins Glen International. The driver of the No. 42 Cessna Chevrolet Camaro for Chip Ganassi Racing led two laps in the race. This was Larson’s first top-10 finish in four races at The Glen.
While Logano, Menard and Larson claimed the three highest finishing positions, Daniel Suarez and Trevor Bayne completed the top-five in Saturday’s Zippo 200. Elliott Sadler finished sixth, followed by Justin Allgaier, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed and Brennan Poole.
Elliott Sadler now leads the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings over Daniel Suarez by 11 points. Sadler and Suarez both have one win each this season. Sitting third in the standings is Ty Dillon, who is 39 points back after finishing 11th on Saturday.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will take on their second road course race of the season on Saturday, August 13 as the series visits Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Live coverage of the Mid-Ohio Challenge will broadcast on USA and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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