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2016 Season In Review: Joey Logano

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Joey Logano

CREW CHIEF: Todd Gordon

TEAM: Team Penske

POINTS: 2nd

WINS: 3

LAPS LED: 703 – third-most in his career, but below 2015 (1,431 laps) and 2014 (993 laps)

TOP 5s: 16 (ties second-best of career in 2014 after 22 in 2015)

TOP 10s: 26 (second-best of career after 28 in 2015)

POLES: 3 (Martinsville 1, Michigan 1 and Michigan 2)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Finished a career-best second in the final Sprint Cup standings. … Two of his three wins in 2016 came during the Chase for the Championship (Talladega 2, Phoenix 2). … Had six top-5s and two additional top-10s (plus one 11th-place finish) in nine of the 10 Chase races (other finish was 36th at Charlotte 2).

WHAT WENT WRONG: While he didn’t have the overwhelming dominant season he had in 2015 (six wins, 22 top-5s, 28 top-10s), there’s little fault of Logano’s overall season in 2016. … He had just one bad stretch overall – three straight races – in the season: crashed out at Talladega 1 (finished 25th), Kansas 1 (38th) and Dover 1 (22nd).

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2017: Logano has tasted some of the greatest success in the sport, including winning the 2015 Daytona 500 and finishing second in the 2016 Chase. His talent and the team behind him will be what carries him to an eventual Cup championship – perhaps as early as 2017. He’s been knocking on the door for two of the last three seasons (finished fourth in 2014, sixth in 2015 and second in 2016), so it won’t be surprising if he finally kicks down that championship door this coming season.

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Kyle Larson posts fastest lap in Saturday morning practice

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Kyle Larson posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s Cup practice at Kansas Speedway with a lap of 181.671 mph.

He was followed by Kevin Harvick (181.586 mph), Daniel Suarez (181.513), Paul Menard (181.269) and Clint Bowyer (181.178).

Ryan Blaney, who will starts last in the 40-car field after his car failed inspection after qualifying on Friday, was sixth on the speed chart with a lap of 181.038 mph.

There were no incidents in the session.

Final Cup session is scheduled from 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Six teams will be docked 15 minutes of time in that session, including playoff contenders Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray.

Six cars to miss time in final Cup practice session

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Six Cup teams, including playoff contenders Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray, will each miss 15 minutes of today’s final practice session at Kansas Speedway because of inspection issues, NASCAR announced.

Three teams were penalized 15 minutes in Saturday morning’s first practice – Derrike Cope, Landon Cassill and AJ Allmendinger. Each were penalized for being late to qualifying inspection Friday.

Teams penalized 15 minutes in final Cup practice will be Elliott, McMurray, Cope, Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard and Aric Almirola.

Bayne, Elliott and Almirola were penalized for failing qualifying/race inspection twice at Talladega.

Cope, McMurray and Menard were penalized for failing qualfiying qualifying inspection twice at Kansas.

Final Cup practice is scheduled from 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Today’s Xfinity race at Kansas: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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The Xfinity Series begins the second round of its playoffs with today’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Here is all the info you need for the race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Kansas Lt. Gov. Dr. Jeff Colyer will give the command to start engines at 2:56 p.m. Green flag is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 45. Stage 2 ends at Lap 90.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Qualifying is slated for 12:05 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:25 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Mary Ann Hotaling will perform the anthem at 2:51 p.m..

TV/RADIO:  NBC will broadcast the race at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on NBCSN with Countdown to Green. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at mrn.com, starting with its pre-race show at 2:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 76 degrees and a 15 percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch dominated this race last fall, leading 150 of 200 laps. Elliott Sadler finished second. Daniel Suarez was third.

STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 12:05 p.m.

Saturday’s NASCAR Cup, Xfinity schedule at Kansas Speedway

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Today’s racing action at Kansas Speedway includes two NASCAR Cup practices, as well as Xfinity qualifying and race.

Today’s Xfinity race will be the first in the Round of 8, which will determine the four finalists for next month’s championship race.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

8 a.m. — Xfinity garage opens

9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. — Cup garage open

11 – 11:55 p.m. — Second Cup practice (NBC Sports App, MRN)

12:05 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN)

1:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

2:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3 p.m. – Kansas 300 Xfinity race (200 laps, 300 miles) (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)