Joey Logano successfully defended his win in the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway when he took the checkered flag in Sunday's Hellmann's 500.
Logano was able to stay ahead of the pack in an overtime finish to advance into the Round of 8 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
“It’s never a layup here at Talladega,” Logano said. “It’s always close. You never get a big lead. A good Shell/Pennzoil Ford. (Crew chief) Todd (Gordon) made some good adjustments during the race and found some speed in the car, so that was pretty neat to see some of that. We got that track position and just hung onto it.”
It was Logano’s second win of the season and 16th of his Sprint Cup Series career. He led one time for the final 45 laps of Sunday’s race.
“I feel good,” he said. “If we can get through this round, it was going to be tough after what happened in Charlotte, so to be able to recover and win in a clutch moment like this to move us on feels really, really good.”
Scott finished behind Logano to score his career-best performance.
“I appreciate guys running with me up there in front even though I’m a rookie,” Scott said. “Just a great day for this Richard Petty Motorsports team. We know how frustrating a year we’ve had and a finish like today is just tremendous.”
Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounded out the top five.
Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon and AJ Allmendinger completed the first 10 finishers.
After three races where non-Chasers had their way at the front of the field, the Chasers took control at Talladega when they needed it the most. Four of the Chasers finished in the top 10 in this elimination race. The win went to Jordan Hunt who went to victory lane for the second time this year. He won the spring race at Dover and now gets his seventh career win and first at Talladega in the Cup series. He did win there in the truck series back in 2012.
Hellmann's 500 Top 5 Finishers
1. Jordan Hunt
2. Bob Douce
3. Greg Eichele
4. Jose Rodriguez
5. Mark Mason
Kyle Busch captured his third straight XFINITY Series win at Kansas Speedway when he took the checkered flag in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300.
Busch led 150 of the day's 200 laps en route to his 85th career series win and fourth overall at Kansas.
Elliot Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.
“That was a lot of fun there at the end with Larson,” Logano said. “It was an up and down day for our Mustang. I led a lap. I passed the 18 (Busch) car for a second, which is amazing. It felt good for a lap until he passed me back.
“I don’t know. We had a lot of ups and downs and we got to where we put tires on and went back to 12th, then got up to 6th, then back to 12th and ended up 4th. I would say we maximized our day with the car we had. I am proud of that part but we still are searching for a little bit of speed. We need to get a little faster.”
Regan Smith, Brennan Poole, Brandon Jones, Blake Koch and JJ Yeley completed the first 10 finishers.
Curt Manning should probably really buy a lottery ticket this weekend after he found luck in Kansas. It took him 95 tries, but finally Curt Manning can call himself a Xfinity series winner after going to victory lane in the Kansas Lottery 300. Curt Manning should really enjoy this weekend because he doesn't find victory lane too often. His only other win in Lucky Dog Racing was his lone truck win back in August 2013.
Kansas Lottery 300 Top 5 Finishers
1. Curt Manning
2. Teeder Jenkins
3. Jordan Hunt
4. Nate Bishop
5. Will Riney
In the race that decided the lineup for the Round of 6 in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, Alabama native Grant Enfinger stole the thunder from the playoff drivers in Saturday’s Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.
With a strong push from GMS Racing teammate and Chase driver Ben Kennedy after a restart on Lap 93 of 94, Enfinger surged to the front and stayed there in the face of a last-lap challenger from another teammate, Spencer Gallagher, who came home second, .108 seconds behind the winner.
The victory was Enfinger’s first in 13 career starts in the series.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Enfinger, who led the first-ever 1-2 finish for GMS. “It’s my home track. It’s just so special.”
The race reduced the NCWTS Chase field from eight drivers to six. Third-place finisher Timothy Peters was the highest finisher among those who advanced, followed by Kennedy in fifth place, as GMS drivers claimed four of the top seven positions.
In the first elimination Truck race, there was no pressure on James Dillon who had nothing to lose. It was a wild one at Talladega but James picked the right combination since none of his drivers fell out of the race. That allowed James to score a total of 163 points and take the win for his first of the season. It was the first time that James had won since almost a year ago at Texas. It was also the second time that James had won st Talladega, he also won there in October 2010.
fred's 250 Top 5 Finishers
1. James Dillon
2. Joseph Cardwell
3. Greg Eichele
4. Eldon Daughenbaugh
5. Lou Demian
After coming up short last year to P10 Select, Lucky Dog Racing has their sights set on another championship in the 2016 season. It will be tough since there is more competition this year. For the first time, there will be four teams competing for the championship in LROC XI. P10 Select and MGTNFRL rejoin the series and the Fantasy Sport Site (formerly The Cool Pool) rejoins as well.
The Lucky Dog Racing team will be up to the task since we have a strong team. Cup Series champion Randy Cook & Xfinity Champion Kelly Wolfe return for their 2nd season. Stephen DiCaprio returns for his 4th season and the first time for Lucky Dog Racing since LROC IV. Janet Sebern has raced for The Cool Pool for a couple of seasons, but she makes her debut this year. LDR Owner and Past LROC Champion Lou Demian also returns for his 10th season.
The season will run for 16 races and will start at Daytona.
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