Logano Scores First Xfinity Victory Of The Season

Joey Logano
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Joey Logano finally finished what he started.

The driver of the No. 12 Ford won Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Watkins Glen International from the pole, giving Team Penske its first victory in what has been a disappointing season so far.

The win in the Zippo 200 was the second straight at the 2.45-mile road course for the 26-year-old driver, who led 67 of 82 laps and drove his car to the limit, keeping teammate Brad Keselowski behind him until a broken track bar mount forced Keselowski's No. 22 Ford out of the race after 79 laps.

Keselowski's problem gave Logano some breathing room. Though Paul Menard was making up ground in the closing laps, he finished second, 1.517 seconds behind Logano, who collected the 26th victory of his career.

The win was the sixth for Team Penske in the Zippo 200. In addition to Logano, Kurt Busch won the event twice, and Ryan Newman and Keselowski once each.

"Brad gave me a run for my money, that's for sure," Logano said of Saturday's race. "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. This is big for Team Penske on the XFINITY side of things. Great to get a win for them."

Logano swept the XFINITY and Sprint Cup weekend at the Glen last year.

Kyle Larson ran third on Saturday, followed by Daniel Suarez and Trevor Bayne. Series leader Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed and Brennan Poole – all XFINITY regulars – completed the top 10.

Keselowski finished 24th and understandably had mixed feelings about the outcome.

"It looked like a bad weld broke," he said of the track bar issue. "I don't know what to say about that. You can't win races in the garage. 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.

"That's something to be really proud of. We had very fast Ford Mustangs today, and congrats to Joey on the win. It's 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."

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"] The race featured six cautions for 18 laps. The most massive incident was an 11-car pileup in the esses on Lap 18 that eliminated Kyle Busch, who is attempting to win a race on all active XFINITY tracks at which he has competed. Currently, he lacks only Watkins Glen and Pocono to complete the feat.

Saturday's race also had a healthy dose of the bizarre. On Lap 59, Derrike Cope's No. 70 Chevrolet slowed and came to a stop in the runoff area beside the Inner Loop. After a few seconds, an explosion rocked the car, blowing the hood off its pinions and sending a billow of black smoke skyward. Cope was unhurt in the incident.

Tweeting as he watched the broadcast, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrote: "Reminds me of when I used to put M80s in the models I built."

Cope was unhurt in the incident but was baffled as to the cause of the explosion.

Race Results

Pos. # Driver Make Start Laps Led Status Points
1 12 Joey Logano Ford 1 82 67 Running 0
2 2 Paul Menard Chevy 3 82 0 Running 0
3 42 Kyle Larson Chevy 4 82 2 Running 0
4 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 6 82 6 Running 38
5 60 Trevor Bayne Ford 7 82 0 Running 0
6 1 Elliott Sadler Chevy 10 82 0 Running 35
7 7 Justin Allgaier Chevy 9 82 0 Running 34
8 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevy 12 82 0 Running 33
9 16 Ryan Reed Ford 19 82 0 Running 32
10 48 Brennan Poole Chevy 16 82 0 Running 31
11 3 Ty Dillon Chevy 8 82 5 Running 31
12 20 Erik Jones Toyota 13 82 0 Running 29
13 33 Brandon Jones Chevy 22 82 0 Running 28
14 4 Ross Chastain Chevy 18 82 2 Running 28
15 44 J.J. Yeley Toyota 20 82 0 Running 26
16 15 Scott Heckert Ford 17 82 0 Running 25
17 88 Kenny Habul Chevy 23 82 0 Running 24
18 28 Dakoda Armstrong Toyota 28 81 0 Running 23
19 13 Stanton Barrett Dodge 31 81 0 Running 22
20 07 Ray Black Jr Chevy 33 81 0 Running 21
21 25 Cody Ware Chevy 35 81 0 Running 20
22 21 Spencer Gallagher Chevy 24 81 0 Running 0
23 39 Ryan Sieg Chevy 25 80 0 Running 18
24 22 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 79 0 Running 0
25 51 Jeremy Clements Chevy 15 74 0 Running 16
26 78 B J McLeod Ford 39 73 0 Running 15
27 01 Ryan Preece Chevy 21 67 0 Suspension 14
28 74 Nicolas Hammann Dodge 36 67 0 Oil Leak 13
29 6 Darrell Wallace Jr Ford 11 63 0 Running 12
30 97 Ryan Ellis Chevy 38 62 0 Running 11
31 70 Derrike Cope Chevy 40 53 0 Accident 10
32 52 Joey Gase Chevy 37 32 0 Transmission 9
33 10 Jeff Green Toyota 30 18 0 Fuel Pump 8
34 90 Todd Bodine Chevy 26 17 0 Accident 7
35 11 Blake Koch Chevy 14 17 0 Accident 6
36 14 Tomy Drissi Toyota 29 17 0 Accident 5
37 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 5 17 0 Accident 0
38 77 T.J. Bell Chevy 32 13 0 Transmission 3
39 0 Garrett Smithley Chevy 27 13 0 Overheating 2
40 40 Chris Cook Dodge 34 8 0 Suspension 1

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