Joey Logano Sweeps All Stages To Win Bristol Dirt Craftsman Truck Series Raceby Hunter Thomas April 9, 2023 1 comment
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Joey Logano dominated Saturday night’s Weather Guard Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway to win his second-career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.
The two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion swept all three stages and led all but 12 laps in the 150-lap dirt race. Despite late-race cautions and the threat of chaos, Logano was able to find grip on restarts and keep the lead in the ThorSport Racing No. 66 Hang 10 Car Wash Ford. The Connecticut native led the final 99 laps of the race en route to winning in his ninth-career series start.
“Just some different things inside the truck I can’t tell you about, but was able to find some good grip on the restarts and fire off there,” Logano said about finding speed. “I’m proud of this great team. Last night, we were on the phone trying to figure out how to get in the race if it rained. It looked like it was gonna rain and we weren’t gonna be in the race, so to get out there with no practice and jump in a truck with a team I’ve never been around before and be able to have such a fast Hang Ten Car Wash F-150 was fun. It was a good time out there.”
Logano’s Team Penske teammate on the NASCAR Cup Series side, Ryan Blaney served as his spotter for the night. The two drivers are hardnosed competitors, but their chemistry helped ThorSport Racing find Victory Lane on Saturday.
“I was getting some good info from Blaney on how they were running around the racetrack and things I could do to be better inside the truck,” Logano said. “I was definitely able to kind of take it and put it all together and be able to make it all work. I just kind of moved around the track and found what was best for us and figure out how to drive the truck from there.”
Ty Majeski, who was Loagno’s teammate finished second in the No. 98 Soda Sense Ford. Majeski was without a doubt strong, finishing all three stages in the second position, but he just didn’t have the speed to defend his position and battle Logano for the win at the same time.
“We were just a little bit off all night,” Majeski said. “William Byron got past me on that last restart. I was actually able to get a pretty good launch with Joey. He almost didn’t clear me into one, but, overall, a really good race for us and a good points day. I’m happy to have a Ford in Victory Lane and hopefully we can build on this momentum at Martinsville.”
NASCAR Cup Series driver, Willima Byron already has two wins this season, but on Saturday night, he finished third in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. He was another strong contender as he finished third in all three stages.
Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger finished fourth and fifth. Jake Garcia finished sixth, followed by NASCAR Cup Series driver, Chase Briscoe, Tanner Gray, Kaden Honeycutt and Matt DiBenedetto.
There were 11 cautions for 66 laps. The final caution of the day came out on Lap 132, which set the field up for a dash to the finish with less than 10 laps to go. The crash occurred when Ben Rhodes spun out in Turn 4 and collected Stewart Friesen, last week’s winner Carson Hocevar, Corey Heim and Briscoe.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will be back on pavement next weekend as the series will visit Martinsville Speedway for the Long John Silver’s 200. Live coverage of the race will broadcast on FS1 on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Photo Credit: Brandon Zumbach
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