Logano gets 2nd 2020 win in Phoenix

Joey Logano
Joey Logano

Joey Logano drove his Pennzoil Penske Ford to win the Fanshield 500 NASCAR Cup race at ISM Raceway by holding off Kevin Harvick (Ford) and Kyle Busch (Toyota) through a late caution restart and then a green-white-checker finish in overtime.

Logano credited the HP of his Penske Ford with the victory. "Even though this is a 1-mile oval this is a Horsepower track," said Logano.

Kyle Larson (Chevy) and Clint Bowyer (Ford) rounded out the top-5.

With the victory — his second at Phoenix and the 25th of his career — Logano is the first multiple winner of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, having previously taken the checkered flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the year’s second event.

Logano won Sunday at the 1-mile track in the Sonoran Desert despite snafus that might have thwarted a lesser driver. On Lap 133, Logano’s crew was flagged for an uncontrolled tire, sending the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford to the rear of the field for a restart on Lap 138.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]After Logano drove through the field and regained his track position, a broken jack during a yellow-flag pit stop on Lap 268 dropped him to 18th for a Lap 272 restart. By staying on the track while other lead-lap cars pitted under caution on Lap 279, Logano moved up to third in the running order, and on Lap 293, he passed teammate Brad Keselowski for the lead and took control of the race.

“Man, we had a really good car, really good Shellâ€'Pennzoil Mustang," said Logano, who won for the second time with new crew chief Paul Wolfe after an offseason personnel shakeup at Team Penske. “We had more things go wrong today. Unfortunate situation with the jack breaking. No one’s fault.

“Had some good restarts, got ourselves back up there, being aggressive, having some tires there towards the end. I knew racing Kevin was going to be hard. I was figuring I was going to get hit, so I throttled up in the corner so much, I thought he was going to give me the bumpâ€'andâ€'run, which I expected, wouldn’t blame him for."

With arguably the fastest car, Harvick got bottled up in traffic on the Lap 272 restart and never regained the top spot. Logano controlled the final two restarts, including the overtime, chose the bottom lane and cut the dogleg just beyond the start-finish line to maintain his lead.

“He just had control of the race," Harvick said. “After we pitted there (on Lap 268), I got stuck behind a couple of cars there, lost five or six spots. He got by and got control of the race. He got to restart where he wanted to.

Polesitter Chase Elliott grabbed the lead at the start
Polesitter Chase Elliott grabbed the lead at the start

“Our Jimmy John’s Ford was better, especially when we could put it in front of his. We just didn’t get the control of the race back there, and he was able to get by us on that restart where I got hung up."

Kyle Busch ran third, as NASCAR’s new low-downforce competition package provided lively action throughout the afternoon.

“There at the end, obviously, making up some good spots on the bottom when everybody would get bottled up there mid-pack… but once you get closer to the front, it’s hard to make up those spots anymore on the bottom anymore like we were," Busch said. “The guys did a great job. We weren’t very good when we unloaded (on Friday), we made a lot of ground, but still not enough ground as I would have wanted to race with some of the top guys. I felt like we were a fifth- or sixth-place car probably, and we were able to come out with a third. Good for us with that effort. We need some points right now. We have to climb the ladder back and get back where we need to be."

Keselowski, Harvick split the stage wins

Keselowski and Hamlin tangle
Keselowski and Hamlin tangle

Brad Keselowski benefitted from a loose wheel for Chase Elliott to take the lead on Lap 156 and cruise to the Stage 2 win in the FanShield 500 on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. For Keselowski, it was his first stage win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season and marked quite a comeback from a Stage 1 incident that also involved Denny Hamlin and knocked Ryan Blaney out of the race.

Kevin Harvick, the winner of Stage 1, continued to show speed in Stage 2 by finishing second. Harvick lost the lead on Lap 132 to Elliott because of a slow pit stop, dropping back to sixth place, but he rebounded nicely toward the end of the stage.

Speaking of comebacks and rebounding, Martin Truex Jr. finished third in Stage 2 after starting the race at the rear for an engine change earlier in the weekend. Truex briefly held the lead in Stage 2 (Laps 138-140) when he passed to the inside of Keselowski and Elliott, who came close to banging doors while battling on the outside for the lead.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Tyler Reddick continued to impress with a fourth-place showing in Stage 2, while Kyle Busch finished fifth. Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Cole Custer rounded out the top 10.

Race Results

1 22 Joey Logano Ford 316 0.000s
2 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 316 0.276
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 316 0.617
4 42 Kyle Larson Chevy 316 0.891
5 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 316 1.051
6 1 Kurt Busch Chevy 316 1.282
7 9 Chase Elliott Chevy 316 1.400
8 10 Aric Almirola Ford 316 1.648
9 41 Cole Custer # Ford 316 1.954
10 24 William Byron Chevy 316 2.182
11 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 316 2.463
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 316 2.577
13 21 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 316 2.802
14 88 Alex Bowman Chevy 316 2.804
15 13 Ty Dillon Chevy 316 2.851
16 34 Michael McDowell Ford 316 3.023
17 17 Chris Buescher Ford 316 3.042
18 37 Ryan Preece Chevy 316 3.220
19 43 Bubba Wallace Chevy 316 3.367
20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 316 3.500
21 96 * Daniel Suarez Toyota 316 3.635
22 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chevy 316 3.764
23 6 Ross Chastain(i) Ford 316 3.823
24 95 Christopher Bell # Toyota 316 3.890
25 38 John Hunter Nemechek # Ford 316 4.160
26 52 JJ Yeley(i) Ford 316 4.990
27 32 Corey LaJoie Ford 316 5.597
28 20 Erik Jones Toyota 313 -3
29 53 Joey Gase(i) Chevy 313 -3
30 77 Reed Sorenson Chevy 312 -4
31 15 Brennan Poole # Chevy 292 -24
32 19 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 282 -34
33 8 Tyler Reddick # Chevy 264 -52
34 00 Quin Houff # Chevy 208 -108
35 51 Garrett Smithley Chevy 181 -135
36 3 Austin Dillon Chevy 129 -187
37 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 65 -251
38 66 * Timmy Hill(i) Toyota 51 -265

# Denotes Rookie
(i) Not Eligible For Points
(*) Required To Qualify On Time

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