Joey Logano Wins Drive For The Cure 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedwayby Camille Jones October 9, 2016 0 comments
CONCORD, N.C.– Joey Logano led just 12 laps on Sunday en route to the victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The 200-lap event was scheduled to run on Friday night, but due to Hurricane Matthew, the NASCAR XFINITY Series was forced to move the event to Sunday afternoon, following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500.
Logano competed in both races on Sunday, finishing 36th in the Bank of America 500 after suffering two flat tires, as well as collisions with the wall, before going on to win the Drive for the Cure 300 later in the evening.
“What a fun night, for sure,” Logano said. “That was a good recovery from the first part of my day. I feel a lot better than I did about three or four hours ago when I tried to knock down the wall. I feel better now.
“Obviously, a great PPG Mustang. Brian Wilson put together a great team by picking and choosing a bunch of people from the race shop. It’s a lot of fun because you’ve got guys who have been racing for years and some it was their first race this weekend, so it’s a fun mix to be a part of and to come out here and race with nothing to lose – we had a good car, maybe not the best car out there, but we had a good enough car that we could make something happen with. We stayed on the lead lap on that long run and the pit crew did their job by keeping us in position to make an awesome restart at the end.”
Sunday’s Drive for the Cure 300 was a cut off race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, following the two races already completed at Kentucky Speedway and Dover Speedway.
Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet, finished in the second position. Sadler will advance to the Round of 8 after capturing the victory in the first race of the Round of 12 at Kentucky Speedway.
Finishing in third was Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 19 Juniper Toyota. He will also advance to the Round of 8 after already claiming his spot through his win at Dover Speedway last weekend. Suarez’s third-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway was his third top-10 finish in four races at the track.
“It was good,” said Suarez. “Honestly, for me it was like any other race. We just tried to go for the win, tried to be consistent. Our car was decent. It was a top-three car I think. We went wrong, we missed it by a lot, and then we were able to overcome once the night started to come slowly on the race track. Another solid finish, the last three races, we had top-three finishes and I think that’s something really good for the championship.”
Kyle Larson led 165 laps of the race in his No. 42 Nature Made Chevrolet, lapping almost the entire field, before a late race restart and contact with the wall dropped him back to the fourth position.
After finishing fifth in Sunday’s event, Erik Jones will also advance to the next round of the Chase. Jones led 21 laps in the Drive for the Cure 300.
“We did what we needed to do today and got into the next round, you know,” Jones said. “Just ran a smart race, stayed up front all day, stayed out of trouble – only had one mistake that got us back a little bit, but got a caution right away – got a lucky break and finished where we needed to. I think we had a car that probably could have went up and contended with Kyle (Larson), but we were just taking it pretty easy for the most part and doing what we needed to do today.”
The other NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers transferring to the Round of 8 include Justin Allgaier, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed, Darrell Wallace, Jr., and Blake Koch.
Not advancing to the second round of the Chase were Ryan Sieg, Ty Dillon, Brennan Poole and Brandon Jones.
Sieg finished in the 10th position in his No. 39 Tri County Landscapes Chevrolet, but he was unable to transfer to the next round to race for the championship.
Finishing 11th wasn’t enough for Ty Dillon, driver of the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet to make the Round of 8 in the Chase. Dillon expressed great disappointment for his team and sponsors upon not making the next round of the Chase.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Dillon said. “We’re a team that should have been in the final round.”
Poole finished in the 18th position on Sunday, while Brandon Jones finished in the 16th position in the Race for the Cure 300.
In Saturday’s 200-lap, 300-mile event at the 1.5-mile track, there were four cautions for a total of 19 laps.
The next time the NASCAR XFINITY Series will hit the track will be next weekend at Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300. The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast live race coverage on Saturday, October 15, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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