AVONDALE, Ariz. — Looking during a cold, tough numbers, Joey Logano finished a Eliminator Round of a NASCAR Chase for a Sprint Cup in final place among a 8 drivers who were still Chase eligible.
When a sleet showering finished a already behind Quicken Loans 500 during Phoenix International Raceway after 219 of a scheduled 312 laps, Logano’s Team Penske Ford sat in third place. It was a decent adequate outcome for sure, though when joined with Logano’s catastrophic finishes in a initial dual races of a Eliminator Round, usually a feat during PIR would have been adequate to put him among a 4 drivers who will contest in a Championship Round during Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.
Logano, Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards of Joe Gibbs Racing and Kurt Busch of Stewart-Haas Racing were a 4 drivers who unsuccessful to make a cut for Homestead. But some-more than a others, Logano was a one left wondering what competence have been.
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Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. clinched a final 3 spots in a Chase for a Sprint Cup culmination after quick a prolonged day that finished with a rain-shortened competition during Phoenix.
The 25-year-old Connecticut motorist leads all Cup Series drivers in 2015 with 6 competition wins, including a brush of all 3 races in a Chase’s Contender Round.
But his quarrelsome feat during Kansas Speedway led to some blatant payback from Matt Kenseth, who intentionally crashed Logano out of a Nov. 1 competition during Martinsville Speedway. That 37th-place finish, joined with a tire-inflicted pile-up and 40th-place outcome a week after during Texas Motor Speedway, dug Logano into a hole he couldn’t puncture himself out of.
He finished 52 points behind Martin Truex Jr., a fourth and final motorist to validate for a Championship Round during Homestead. But Logano left Phoenix with his conduct hold high — if a bit soggy.
“I cruise it a good season,” Logano said. “We got 6 wins, we got a whole garland of top-5s. It’s a good deteriorate if we demeanour during it from that angle. We usually had a integrate bad races during a wrong time and this is what it is.”