Late blown tire costs a possible top 10 for Joey Logano, possible win for Kyle Busch

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Joey Logano didn’t retaliate by taking a swing Sunday at Kyle Busch.

But Logano’s right-front tire failure was an unintentional punch to the gut of Busch’s hope to win Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway, ending a week of controversy. Busch tossed a haymaker at Logano after a last-lap crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Sunday. He wasn’t penalized for the confrontation.

With Busch in the lead and six laps remaining in the scheduled 312-lap event, Logano’s right-tire blew out, sending the No. 22 Ford Fusion into the outside wall in Turn 1.

Busch came to pit road for two tires, but three drivers stayed out on track, including eventual winner Ryan Newman. Busch restarted in fifth position and managed to climb to third in the two laps of overtime.

He fell short of ending a 19-race winless streak since last July at the Brickyard.

Logano had battled brake problems earlier, but they didn’t cause his wreck.

“The brakes are fine,” Logano told Fox. “There at the end, the right front obviously overheated the bead (of the tire), I’m sure is what it was.

“There’s not much you can do when the right front blows out and you’re looking at that sharp corner.”

Logano was running 11th at the time of the wreck and had a top-10 finish in his sights. Instead, he finished a season-worst 31st after finishing sixth at Daytona and Atlanta and fourth at Las Vegas.

Despite falling short, Busch wound up with a season-best third. His previous best in 2017 was 16th two weeks ago at Atlanta (also was 38th at Daytona and 22nd at Las Vegas).

“Everything’s great, we got a top-five, that’s what we set out to do today,” Busch told Fox. “We got a third, so we should be pumped about that and the way our Camry ran today.”

While in the pits, Busch was slowed when he got caught behind his brother, Kurt Busch. That allowed Kyle Larson to beat him to the exit.

“Too many cars stayed out (on the final pit stop),” Kyle Busch said. “If it was only two that stayed out, maybe (he could have rallied for the win). We definitely needed the outside like Larson had, but overall we should be proud of our run today and we move on.”

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Family affair: Harrison Burton celebrates first K&N Pro Series East win with parents

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Harrison Burton has been to NASCAR’s Victory Lane before. But that was when his dad, NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton, raced.

Saturday, Harrison Burton was in Victory Lane after winning his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. Both his mom and dad were there to celebrate his first NASCAR win.

The 16-year-old Burton dominated Saturday’s rain-shortened Zombie Auto 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway, earning praise from current and former NASCAR competitors.

“One of my favorite races I can recall of my dad winning was here at Bristol,’’ Harrison Burton said of his father’s victory in 2008. “Me and my sister were jumping up and down when he won. I was really, really excited to win, and I’m sure he was excited to watch me win.

“It was really cool for me and him both to share a moment like that together. Obviously, my mom, as well, who has traveled the country with me while my dad was racing.’’

So what was the family celebration like this time?

“I didn’t say much,’’ Harrison Burton, a sophomore in high school, said. “I was just kind of laughing and smiling. I gave my mom a big hug and my dad a big hug as well. I think I lifted my mom off the ground. We were just pretty excited.’’

Harrison Burton led 68 of the 70 laps run before rain ended the race early. Ruben Garcia Jr. finished second. Spencer Davis was third, Hunter Baize placed fourth and Chad Finchum was fifth.

“Me and my crew chief were kind of talking like we wanted to run the whole race and win it that way,’’ Harrison Burton said. “We were confident enough to where we felt like our car was good enough that we could win the race. I felt like it would have been kind of cool to cross the line under dry conditions and do it that way. (But) I’ll take it. I was pretty happy when it started raining to be honest. I never wanted it to rain so bad in my life.’’

Harrison Burton leads the series standings with 129 points. He’s followed by Baize (114 points), Todd Gilliland (113), Ronnie Bassett Jr. (111) and Garcia (105).

The race will shown on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 27.

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Jeremy Clements receives swollen left eye after punch from Ross Chastain

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Jeremy Clements said he was stunned when Ross Chastain “socked me” during a red flag delay during Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinty race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Chastain and Clements had contact during the race and then Clements hit Chastain during a caution for rain. The race soon was stopped and drivers exited their cars. Clements came up from behind Chastain.

“I put my hand on his back and turned him around,’’ Clements said. “I had no intention of hitting him, and he turned around and socked me. I had no intention of fighting the guy.’’

Said Chastain: “Somebody grabbed me and turned me around and I saw red eyes and a face that wasn’t going to talk.

“It was a reaction on my part. I’ve never punched anybody in my life. I don’t know what I’d do if I could do it all over again. I can’t let people come up and grab me. It’s happened before in NASCAR and out of NASCAR. I felt like I had to stand my ground.’’

Clements went to the infield care center to ice his left eye.

“It was swollen up pretty good,’’ Clements said. “He did punch me.”

He returned and finished 17th. Chastain finished 31st after he was later involved in an accident.

NASCAR met with both drivers after the race and will review the matter to decide if there are to be any penalties.

Chastain and Clements both said they’ve had run-ins with each other through the years.

“I’ve talked to him before and it doesn’t get us anywhere,’’ Clements said after the race and before meeting with NASCAR. “I don’t know what to do. I try to race him clean all the time. He cuts you no slack and sometimes we’re running for 22nd and 23rd and (he) just door slams you. It’s uncalled for.’’

Chastain said they talked it out in the NASCAR hauler and shook hands.

“I feel bad,’’ Chastain said. “We run against each other. We work together. We buy motors from them. They build our motors, so it’s not good for me to do that. We’re good and on to Richmond.’’

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Elliott Sadler leads top-three sweep by JR Motorsports in Xfinity points

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With a season-best fourth-place finish Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Elliott Sadler increased his lead in the Xfinity Series points standings.

Sadler leads JR Motorsports teammate William Byron by 16 points.

Justin Allgaier, who trails Sadler by 60 points, gives JR Motorsports the top three spots in the standings.

The top five is completed by Ryan Reed (76 points behind Sadler) and Daniel Hemric (80 points behind Sadler).

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Results and stats for Xfinity Series race at Bristol won by Erik Jones

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Erik Jones led the final 21 laps in order to win the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver outran Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez for his second win of the year and his second in a row.

The top five was filled out by Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric.

Click here for full race results.