Eight And Counting For Logano
CONCORD, N.C. – A late-race pit stop for fuel couldn’t stop Joey Logano from earning his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the year Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Pit strategy and caution flags throughout the course of the night ended up forcing all the teams to make late pit stops in the 200-lap event. With approximately 20 laps left the final pit cycle started as Logano led the field with Brad Keselowski in second.
Logano pitted first, taking two tires and enough fuel to make it to the finish. Keselowski made his stop a few laps later, but a mistake by the gasman meant the No. 22 Dodge didn’t get any fuel. That allowed Logano to set sail, beating Kevin Harvick to the finish line by 2.760 seconds.
“The 22 was really good in the mid-part of the race,” said Logano, who led 62 laps. “We made some good adjustments, I found a new line and we knew we could make this GameStop Toyota with Call of Duty on it fast enough to win.”
The victory was Logano’s first at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the 17th of his Nationwide career.
Keselowski was admittedly frustrated after the race, finishing 18th after leading 52 laps. He was forced to pit a second time for fuel with four laps left.
“We had a car we could certainly win with,” said Keselowski, the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship leader. “Discount Tire does tires, not gas. They got their part right. We just didn’t have any gas their at the end and they won’t run without it.”
NASCAR Nationwide Series championship leader Elliott Sadler finished third, followed by Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.
Sadler extended his championship lead to 13 points over Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who finished seventh. Austin Dillon remained third, 29 points behind Sadler.