Logano plays spoiler in Kansas

Joey Logano

Joey Logano surged to victory Sunday at Kansas Speedway, brushing past leader Matt Kenseth with five laps remaining in an intense round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs.

Kenseth led a race-high 153 of 269 laps in the Hollywood Casino 400, but Logano scratched the wall before nudging Kenseth into a spin in Turn 1 during their heated contest for the lead. The victory — Logano's second straight in the Sprint Cup Series — denied Kenseth an automatic berth in the Eliminator Round, the next three-race stage of the 10-race playoffs.

Logano's Team Penske No. 22 Ford then survived a green-white-checkered overtime finish, holding off Denny Hamlin to notch his fifth Sprint Cup victory of the year, his second at the 1.5-mile track and the 13th of his premier-series career.

Logano finished .491 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin, Kenseth's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate. Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch completed the top five.

Logano, the winner last weekend in the Contender Round opener at Charlotte Motor Speedway, raced Kenseth hard for the lead in the final 15 laps. The two touched with 13 laps to go and ran in close formation to the checkered flag before their final run-in.

A wide variety of issues befell several Chase hopefuls, making the task ahead of them that much more difficult in next weekend's elimination race at treacherous Talladega Superspeedway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the first Chaser to encounter problems, losing a lap during an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel on Lap 165. Coors Light Pole winner Brad Keselowski pressed on after a slight scrub against the Turn 3 wall on Lap 188, then Kyle Busch encountered his own brush with the wall just six laps later.

A pair of Chase contenders found issues during an exchange of green-flag pit stops with 52 laps to go. Kevin Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 crew was penalized for removing equipment when his gas can fell outside the pit box. Martin Truex Jr.'s Furniture Row Racing team was hit with a penalty for an uncontrolled tire. Both served pass-through penalties and fell a lap down to the leader.

Results

Pos Driver Make Behind Gap Laps Led
1 Joey Logano Ford Leader Leader 269 42
2 Denny Hamlin Toyota 0.491 0.491 269 0
3 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 0.517 0.026 269 5
4 Kasey Kahne Chevy 0.869 0.352 269 0
5 Kyle Busch Toyota 1.164 0.295 269 0
6 Kurt Busch Chevy 1.641 0.477 269 0
7 Ryan Blaney(i) Ford 1.883 0.242 269 5
8 Carl Edwards Toyota 2.300 0.417 269 6
9 Brad Keselowski Ford 2.587 0.287 269 28
10 Jeff Gordon Chevy 2.594 0.007 269 0
11 Ryan Newman Chevy 2.765 0.171 269 0
12 Brian Scott(i) Chevy 2.774 0.009 269 0
13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 3.250 0.476 269 0
14 Matt Kenseth Toyota 5.110 1.860 269 153
15 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 6.032 0.922 269 0
16 Kevin Harvick Chevy 1 Lap 268 21
17 Greg Biffle Ford 1 Lap 268 0
18 Trevor Bayne Ford 1 Lap 268 0
19 Paul Menard Chevy 1 Lap 268 7
20 Jamie McMurray Chevy 1 Lap 268 0
21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 2 Laps 267 0
22 Danica Patrick Chevy 2 Laps 267 0
23 Casey Mears Chevy 2 Laps 267 2
24 Aric Almirola Ford 2 Laps 267 0
25 David Ragan Toyota 3 Laps 266 0
26 Justin Allgaier Chevy 3 Laps 266 0
27 AJ Allmendinger Chevy 4 Laps 265 0
28 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford 4 Laps 265 0
29 Kyle Larson Chevy 4 Laps 265 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto # Toyota 4 Laps 265 0
31 Alex Bowman Chevy 5 Laps 264 0
32 Brett Moffitt # Ford 5 Laps 264 0
33 Cole Whitt Ford 5 Laps 264 0
34 Michael Annett Chevy 6 Laps 263 0
35 Tony Stewart Chevy 6 Laps 263 0
36 David Gilliland Ford 7 Laps 262 0
37 Jeb Burton # Toyota 9 Laps 260 0
38 Reed Sorenson Ford 11 Laps 258 0
39 Will Kimmel III Ford 14 Laps 255 0
40 Clint Bowyer Toyota 99 Laps 170 0
41 Austin Dillon Chevy 115 Laps 154 0
42 JJ Yeley(i) Toyota 125 Laps 144 0
43 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 142 Laps 127 0

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