Joey Logano grabs big win at Charlotte to start 2nd round of Chase

8After rain forced the postponement of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Bank of America 500 from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, it was Joey Logano taking control and never looking back to victory lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Logano, who led the most laps – 227 out of 334 – and secures a spot in round 3 (Eliminator Round) in “the chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship,” received his fourth series victory and 24th top-10 finish of the 2015 season. This is also Logano’s 12th series career victory in 249 races, and his first series victory in 14 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Last week’s “monster” slayer (AAA 400) at Dover Int’l Speedway, Kevin Harvick, finished 0.703 seconds behind Logano to finish second, and they were followed by Martin Truex Jr. finishing third, Denny Hamlin fourth and Kurt Busch finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Carl Edwards claiming sixth-place, Austin Dillon seventh, Jeff Gordon eighth, Brad Keselowski ninth and Aric Almirola taking home 10th-place.

With his victory, Logano leaves with a 6-point lead over Kevin Harvick, but also leaves knowing he’ll advance to the Eliminator Round (Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix) no matter what happens in the next two weeks at Kansas and Talladega – the final two races of the Contender Round..

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 129.500 MPH
Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 35 Mins, 05 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.703 Seconds
Lead Changes: 14 among 10 drivers
Cautions: 9 for 44 laps

Up Next: Race two in round two of the Contender Round with the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 18th. The event has an approximate starting timing of 2:15 p.m (ET) on NBCSN.

Bank of America 500 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 22 Joey Logano 334 Running 227 48 5
2 4 Kevin Harvick 334 Running 0 42 0
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. 334 Running 0 41 0
4 11 Denny Hamlin 334 Running 0 40 0
5 41 Kurt Busch 334 Running 0 39 0
6 19 Carl Edwards 334 Running 1 39 1
7 3 Austin Dillon 334 Running 1 38 1
8 24 Jeff Gordon 334 Running 1 37 1
9 2 Brad Keselowski 334 Running 0 35 0
10 43 Aric Almirola 334 Running 0 34 0
11 15 Clint Bowyer 334 Running 1 34 1
12 1 Jamie McMurray 334 Running 0 32 0
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 334 Running 0 31 0
14 21 Ryan Blaney (i) 334 Running 0 0 0
15 31 Ryan Newman 334 Running 0 29 0
16 47 AJ Allmendinger 334 Running 0 28 0
17 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 333 Running 22 28 1
18 13 Casey Mears 333 Running 0 26 0
19 10 Danica Patrick 333 Running 0 25 0
20 18 Kyle Busch 333 Running 4 25 1
21 42 Kyle Larson 333 Running 3 24 1
22 6 Trevor Bayne 332 Running 0 22 0
23 40 Landon Cassill (i) 332 Running 0 0 0
24 16 Greg Biffle 331 Running 0 20 0
25 46 Michael Annett 331 Running 0 19 0
26 14 Tony Stewart 331 Running 0 18 0
27 38 David Gilliland 330 Running 0 17 0
28 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 330 Running 0 16 0
29 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 330 Running 0 15 0
30 34 Brett Moffitt # 330 Running 0 14 0
31 95 Michael McDowell 329 Running 0 13 0
32 7 Alex Bowman 329 Running 0 12 0
33 26 J.J. Yeley (i) 328 Running 0 0 0
34 33 Alex Kennedy # 326 Running 0 10 0
35 98 Reed Sorenson 325 Running 0 9 0
36 27 Paul Menard 325 Running 0 8 0
37 55 David Ragan 289 Engine 0 7 0
38 35 Cole Whitt 262 Accident 0 6 0
39 48 Jimmie Johnson 257 Engine 2 6 1
40 51 Justin Allgaier 251 Running 0 4 0
41 23 Jeb Burton # 244 Running 0 3 0
42 20 Matt Kenseth 236 Accident 72 3 1
43 5 Kasey Kahne 58 Accident 0 1 0

# – Rookie
Gold – Chase Drivers

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Point Standings
After Race 30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 22 Joey Logano 3048 Leader 30 4 18 24 0
2 4 Kevin Harvick 3042 -6 30 3 20 24 1
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. 3041 -7 30 1 8 19 2
4 11 Denny Hamlin 3040 -8 30 2 12 16 1
5 41 Kurt Busch 3039 -9 27 2 10 16 0
6 19 Carl Edwards 3039 -9 30 2 5 12 2
7 24 Jeff Gordon 3037 -11 30 0 3 15 1
8 2 Brad Keselowski 3035 -13 30 1 6 20 1
9 31 Ryan Newman 3029 -19 30 0 5 14 1
10 18 Kyle Busch 3025 -23 19 4 7 11 2
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 3016 -32 30 2 13 18 1
12 20 Matt Kenseth 3003 -45 30 5 12 19 3
13 1 Jamie McMurray 2130 -918 30 0 3 8 1
14 48 Jimmie Johnson 2092 -956 30 4 11 18 1
15 27 Paul Menard 2083 -965 30 0 2 4 1
16 15 Clint Bowyer 2082 -966 30 0 2 11 0
Points Outside the Top 16
17 43 Aric Almirola 801 -2247 30 0 3 5 2
18 5 Kasey Kahne 771 -2277 30 0 2 8 3
19 42 Kyle Larson 742 -2306 29 0 1 9 4
20 16 Greg Biffle 726 -2322 30 0 3 4 0
21 3 Austin Dillon 685 -2363 30 0 1 5 2
22 13 Casey Mears 650 -2398 30 0 0 1 3
23 47 AJ Allmendinger 628 -2420 30 0 0 3 3
24 10 Danica Patrick 622 -2426 30 0 0 2 3
25 14 Tony Stewart 599 -2449 30 0 0 2 4
26 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 598 -2450 30 0 0 3 2
27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 592 -2456 30 0 1 2 2
28 55 David Ragan 583 -2465 30 0 1 1 6
29 6 Trevor Bayne 552 -2496 30 0 0 2 3
30 51 Justin Allgaier 486 -2562 30 0 0 1 4
31 35 Cole Whitt 452 -2596 30 0 0 0 3
32 38 David Gilliland 450 -2598 30 0 0 0 2
33 34 Brett Moffitt # 366 -2682 26 0 0 1 1
34 7 Alex Bowman 364 -2684 29 0 0 0 4
35 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 334 -2714 27 0 0 0 1
36 46 Michael Annett 328 -2720 30 0 0 0 3
37 32 Josh Wise 234 -2814 22 0 0 1 4
38 95 Michael McDowell 176 -2872 13 0 0 0 1
39 26 Jeb Burton # 175 -2873 24 0 0 0 4
40 33 Alex Kennedy # 109 -2939 12 0 0 0 0
41 44 Reed Sorenson 68 -2980 8 0 0 0 0
42 32 Bobby Labonte 39 -3009 3 0 0 0 1
43 55 Brian Vickers 32 -3016 2 0 0 0 0
44 55 Michael Waltrip 26 -3022 2 0 0 0 0
45 98 Ryan Preece 12 -3036 1 0 0 0 0
46 66 Mike Wallace 8 -3040 1 0 0 0 0
47 Eddie Macdonald 7 -3041 1 0 0 0 0
48 98 TJ Bell 7 -3041 1 0 0 0 0
49 Will Kimmel III 6 -3042 1 0 0 0 0
50 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -3046 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing
After Race 30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Walter Czarnecki 22 4 3048 Leader 30
2 Tony Stewart 4 3 3042 -6 30
3 Barney Visser 78 1 3041 -7 30
4 J D Gibbs 11 2 3040 -8 30
5 Gene Haas 41 2 3039 -9 30
6 J D Gibbs 19 2 3039 -9 30
7 Rick Hendrick 24 0 3037 -11 30
8 Roger Penske 2 1 3035 -13 30
9 Richard Childress 31 0 3029 -19 30
10 Joe Gibbs 18 4 3025 -23 30
11 Rick Hendrick 88 2 3016 -32 30
12 Joe Gibbs 20 5 3003 -45 30
13 Felix Sabates 1 0 2130 -918 30
14 Jeff Gordon 48 4 2092 -956 30
15 Richard Childress 27 0 2083 -965 30
16 Rob Kauffman 15 0 2082 -966 30
17 Richard Petty 43 0 801 -2247 30
18 Linda Hendrick 5 0 771 -2277 30
19 Chip Ganassi 42 0 770 -2278 30
20 Jack Roush 16 0 726 -2322 30
21 Richard Childress 3 0 685 -2363 30
22 Bob Germain 13 0 650 -2398 30
23 Tad Geschickter 47 0 628 -2420 30
24 Tony Stewart 10 0 622 -2426 30
25 Margaret Haas 14 0 599 -2449 30
26 Richard Petty 9 0 598 -2450 30
27 John Henry 17 0 592 -2456 30
28 John Henry 6 0 552 -2496 30
29 Michael Waltrip 55 0 549 -2499 30
30 Harry Scott Jr 51 0 486 -2562 30
31 Bob Jenkins 35 0 452 -2596 30
32 Brad Jenkins 38 0 450 -2598 30
33 Michael Hillman 40 0 410 -2638 30
34 Jerry Freeze 34 0 401 -2647 30
35 Tommy Baldwin 7 0 364 -2684 30
36 Ron Devine 83 0 359 -2689 30
37 Joe Falk 33 0 351 -2697 30
38 Harry Scott Jr 46 0 313 -2735 30
39 Ron Devine 23 0 261 -2787 30
40 Mike Curb 98 0 248 -2800 30
41 Glen Wood 21 0 233 -2815 15
42 Archie St Hilaire 32 0 232 -2816 30
43 Anthony Marlowe 26 0 192 -2856 30
44 Bob Leavine 95 0 176 -2872 17
45 Jay Robinson 62 0 99 -2949 30
46 Rick Hendrick 25 0 89 -2959 5
47 John Cohen 44 0 12 -3036 4
48 Jay Robinson 66 0 8 -3040 4
49 Curtis Key 30 0 6 -3042 13
50 Robby Benton 129 0 0 -3048 4
51 Gordon Smith 139 0 0 -3048 2

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 12 1315 Leader
2 Toyota 13 1268 -47
3 Ford 5 1248 -67

 

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