You may need a map or GPS to get through Joey Logano corn maze

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Joey Logano has received numerous trophies to put in his trophy cabinet, including last season’s NASCAR Cup championship trophy.

But the latest trophy of sorts is just a bit too large to fit in Logano’s cabinet.

Logano is being celebrated for winning the championship in a unique four-acre corn maze designed by Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut – just a short burnout from Logano’s hometown of Middletown, Conn.

The maze says: “Lyman Orchards 2018 NASCAR champion Joey Logano”.

The path through the maze extends for 2 1/2 miles, the same distance as it takes to get around Daytona International Speedway. While it takes less than a minute for Logano to do a lap around Daytona, it takes between 20-40 minutes to get through the corn maze, according to Lyman Orchards.

But unlike Daytona’s tri-oval, the Logano maze has — hold onto your steering wheel for this — over 230 turns!

“But they’re not all left-handed turns,” Lyman Orchards director of marketing Tim Burt pointed out with a chuckle while speaking with NBC Sports. “Just going through the words Joey Logano alone, there’s a lot of turns.”

Lyman Orchards has been building its elaborate corn mazes — some of the largest in New England — for the past 20 years. Among past honorees it has built mazes for include the UConn women’s basketball team, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox and also this year, the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street.

“We like to celebrate local people that have done real well and Joey being the NASCAR champion was one of the places we felt would be a good thing,” Burt said. “Obviously, being a Middletown resident brings that proximity to where we are, he’s literally 10 minutes away.

“We first reached out to Joey’s wife (Brittany) and she said ‘Absolutely.’ Joey’s team got NASCAR on board to allow us to use the NASCAR logo and Joey gave us his permission to use his personal logo as well. Joey and his team have been fabulous to work with.”

Logano took to Twitter to encourage fans to visit the maze:

Lyman Orchards will donate $1 from each admission to the American Cancer Society. Lyman Orchards has raised over $600,000 for the cancer charity since building its first corn maze in 2000.

“Joey is really involved in the community through the Joey Logano Foundation and we thought it would be a great way to bring awareness to the great work he is doing,” orchard owner John Lyman III said in a statement.

The maze is open Wednesdays through Sundays through November 3. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12 and free for kids 3 years of age and under.

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NASCAR Power Rankings: Kevin Harvick still No. 1 after quiet Vegas

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Kevin Harvick didn’t have a flashy night Sunday in Las Vegas, but it didn’t keep him from retaining the No. 1 spot in this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings.

After winning the Bristol night race, Harvick finished in the top 10 in the first two stages in Vegas before placing 10th at race’s end.

Kurt Busch’s win at his home track vaulted him into the top 10 as 12 drivers received votes.

More: Playoff standings after Las Vegas

Here is this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings:

1. Kevin Harvick (Last week No. 1): In the last eight races he’s won three times and finished outside the top 10 only twice.

2. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week No. 5): Placed fourth for his 11th top-five finish in the last 14 races.

3. Alex Bowman (Last week unranked): Finished fifth for his second top five and fifth top-10 finish in the last six races.

4. Denny Hamlin (Last week unranked): Left Vegas with a third-place finish to snap a three-race streak of finishing outside the top 10.

5. Kurt Busch (Last week unranked): Snapped a 46-race winless streak with his victory and advanced to the Round of 8.

6. Kyle Busch (Last week No. 3): Finished sixth after a “dismal” night. He has four consecutive top 10s.

7. Brad Keselowski (Last week No. 5): Finished 13th to give him two finishes outside the top 10 since he won at Richmond.

8. Chase Briscoe (Last week unranked): Opened the Xfinity playoffs with his second consecutive win.

8. Chase Elliott (Last week No. 2): Led 73 laps, but had to settle for a 22nd-place finish in Vegas.

8. Joey Logano (Last week No. 3): Finished 14th for his second straight finish outside the top 10.

Also receiving votes: Erik Jones and Chris Buescher.

NASCAR announces changes to Kansas playoff weekend

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Citing “programming changes,” NASCAR announced shifts in the race dates and start times for its visit next month to Kansas Speedway.

The Xfinity, ARCA and Truck Series races have been shifted, while the Cup race remains at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 18.

The biggest move is the Truck Series race shifting from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

Here are the changes.

Friday, Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m. ETARCA Menards Series on FS1 or FS2; network TBD at a later date (previously at 10 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m. ETTruck Series on FOX (previously Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET Xfinity on NBCSN (previously 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

 

Xfinity Series playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Chase Briscoe opened the Xfinity Series playoffs by earning his second consecutive win.

His victory Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives him 57 playoff points and an automatic spot in the Round of 8.

Harrison Burton holds the final transfer spot. He has a two-point advantage over Ross Chastain.

Behind Chastain below the cutline are Michael Annett (-10 points), Riley Herbst (-14) and Brandon Brown (-20).

Below is the full Xfinity Series playoff standings going into Saturday’s race at Talladega (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance. Drivers in yellow are in the remaining playoff spots.

Xfinity Series playoff standings

Cup playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Kurt Busch flipped the script on the Cup playoff standings with his win Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He entered the Round of 12 as the last driver in the playoff standings, but is the first driver to clinch a spot in the Round of 8.

Replacing Busch in the bottom spot of the playoff standings is Austin Dillon. He is 32 points behind Alex Bowman, who holds the final cutoff spot.

Behind Bowman is Kyle Busch (-9 points), Clint Bowyer (-20), Aric Almirola (-27) and Dillon.

“Obviously, the 1 car (Kurt Busch) was not a car that we needed to win a race,” Clint Bowyer said after Sunday’s race. “It’s been a hell of a battle back there with cars that are kind of in the same wheelhouse as far as points-wise. (Kurt Busch) winning changes that landscape quite a bit, but we’re only 20 points out.”

Here is the full playoff standings entering Sunday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance to the Round of 8. Drivers in yellow hold the remaining available playoff spots.

Cup playoff standings