Joey Logano outduels Kevin Harvick to win at Kansas and advance to championship round


Joey Logano reached the NASCAR Cup Series championship round for the fourth time in eight years, outdueling Kevin Harvick to become a winner Sunday’s 400-mile race at Kansas Speedway.

Logano took the lead on a pit stop under yellow on Lap 223 and then spent most of the last 40 laps blocking Harvick from taking the lead on the 1.5-mile speedway.

It was the third victory this season for the Team Penske driver, and his first since March 8 at Phoenix Raceway, where the championship will be decided Nov. 8 between Logano and three other drivers.

“You’ve got to want it, man,” Logano, who led 47 of 267 laps, told NBC Sports’ Marty Snider. “What an amazing team this ShellPenzoil team is. Oh my gosh. I’m wore out. I spent more time in the mirror than the windshield there. Pit stops put us in position, got us the lead. (Harvick) was real fast on the straightaways.

RESULTS: Where everyone finished at Kansas Speedway

“I thought if I could hold him off the first 15 laps, I’d have a chance. … I’m exhausted after that. We’re going to Phoenix and racing for a championship again.”

Logano’s No. 22 Ford now has reached the Championship 4 in alternate years since 2014, winning the championship in his most recent trip in 2018 (when he also won the Round of 8 opener when it was held at Martinsville Speedway).

Harvick finished 0.312 seconds behind Logano and maintained his lead in the standings (one of the title slots will be determined on points) with two races remaining.

“We just needed to get off pit road first,” Harvick, who led a race-high 85 laps, told NBC Sports reporter Parker Kligerman. “It came down to controlling that restart. We lost the lead, wound up trying to battle. All the guys did a great job. We had a fast car and moved all over the racetrack. I had a lot of options. Good run for us, wish we could have won.”

Alex Bowman finished third, followed by Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott.

“At the end, just running wide open it finally came back to us enough, but I couldn’t do anything once I got there,” Bowman, who finished 0.680 seconds behind, told NBC Sports’ Dave Burns. “We’re building great Camaros, just a little bit short today.

Several Round of 8 playoff contenders encountered problems during the race.

After starting from the pole position and winning Stage 1, Elliott battled radio problems throughout the race that left him unable to hear his team. This proved critical during a yellow flag late in the second stage when Elliott pitted despite his team trying to keep him on the track.

Denny Hamlin had to make an unscheduled pit stop under green after hitting the wall off Turn 4 with 87 laps remaining, sustaining right-side damage and a flat right rear tire.

He fell a lap down after pitting under green but was able to maintain the No. 11 Toyota’s pace upon returning. He rebounded to finish 15th after falling outside the top 30.

“It damaged the car, and you can’t have any damage on the car at these tracks,” said Hamlin, who won Stage 2. “Actually kind of fortunate to get a couple of cautions to get back on the lead lap. That’s as far as I could go with the damage I had. I definitely had a race-winning car today, just drove it in the fence.”

Hamlin remained second in the standings, 21 behind Harvick.

After being penalized for speeding during the first caution on Lap 25, Kurt Busch was contending for a top-five finish before he began losing power with 75 laps remaining.

The engine in his No. 1 Chevrolet exploded a few laps later, and the Chip Ganassi Racing driver finished 38th — putting him in a must-win situation to advance to the championship round at Phoenix.

Martin Truex Jr. started from the rear after his car failed prerace inspection twice and forfeited its fifth-place starting spot. The No. 19 Toyota driver quickly overcame the deficit, moving into the top 20 within the first two laps and the top 10 by Lap 50.



WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Kyle Busch finished fifth, his first top five on a 1.5-mile track since Texas Motor Speedway in July. … Elliott started on pole and led three times for 48 laps, the only driver to lead all seven races of the playoffs. … Eighth-place finisher William Byron has seven top 10s in the past 11 races. … With a 10th, Christopher Bell scored his first top 10 since Kentucky three months ago.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Matt Kenseth slapped the wall and finished last after completing only 144 laps. … Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson tangled with Ryan Preece and finished 31st in likely his final start at Kansas.

NEXT: The Cup Series will head Oct. 25 to Texas Motor Speedway with coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NASCAR suspends Chase Elliott one race for incident with Denny Hamlin


NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one Cup race for wrecking Denny Hamlin in Monday’s Coca-Cola 600, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday.

“We take this very seriously,” Elton Sawyer, senior vice president of competition, said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “The incident that happened off Turn 4, again after looking at all the available resources — in-car camera, data, SMT, which basically gives us (a car’s) steering, throttle, gives us braking — it was an intentional act by Chase in our opinion.”

Hendrick Motorsports stated that it would not appeal the penalty. Corey LaJoie will drive the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. Carson Hocevar will drive LaJoie’s car this weekend.

Hendrick Motorsports also stated that it would submit a waiver request for Elliott to remain eligible for the playoffs. Sawyer said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “I don’t see any reason at this point in time why wouldn’t (grant the waiver) when that request comes across our desk.”

This weekend will mark the seventh race in the first 15 that Elliott will have missed. He missed six races after breaking his leg in a snowboarding accident in early March. Elliott, who is winless this season, is 29th in points.

Elliott and Hamlin got together shortly before the halfway mark in Monday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

As they ran together, Hamlin forced Elliott toward the wall. Elliott’s car slapped the wall. Elliott then made contact with the right rear of Hamlin’s car, sending Hamlin into the wall.

“I got right-rear hooked in the middle of the straightway,” Hamlin said after the incident. “Yes, it was a tantrum. He shouldn’t be racing next week. Right-rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be racing.”

Said Sawyer on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: “In the heat of the battle, things happen, but they have to learn to react in a different way. … Our drivers need to understand that you have to handle that in a completely different way than hooking someone in the right rear and putting them in harm’s way, not only with just a major head-on collision like Denny had, but also other competitors.”

Sawyer also said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “nothing gave us the indication that on that particular contact with the fourth-turn wall … that anything was broke” on Elliott’s car and could have caused him to come down and hit Hamlin’s car in the right rear.

NASCAR also announced that Scott Brzozowski and Adam Lewis, crew members on Michael McDowell‘s team, had each been suspended two races after McDowell’s car lost a tire in Monday’s race.

Winners and losers at Charlotte Motor Speedway


A look at winners and losers from Monday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:


Ryan Blaney — Blaney stopped his winless streak at 59 races and gave team owner Roger Penske his second major race victory in two days. Blaney had the best car but had to fight through restarts late in the race to win.

William Byron — Byron, the winningest driver this season, barely missed getting victory No. 4. He finished second and scored his fifth straight top 10.

Martin Truex Jr. — Truex logged his third top five of the season.

23XI RacingBubba Wallace was fourth and Tyler Reddick fifth, giving 23XI Racing a pair of top-five finishes for the first time in a points race.


Jimmie Johnson — The seven-time champion admitted having problems adjusting to the Next Gen car on a 1.5-mile track. He crashed early and finished last.

Legacy Motor Club — It was a bad night for Jimmie Johnson and his team’s drivers. Johnson finished last in the 37-car field. Noah Gragson was 36th. Erik Jones placed 32nd.

Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin — Two drivers who had strong cars didn’t make it to the finish after crashing near the halfway point. Hamlin said Elliott “shouldn’t be racing next week. Right-rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be racing.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series results: Justin Allgaier wins at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier finally broke through for his first win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season Monday night.

Allgaier stretched his last fuel load over the final laps to finish in front of John Hunter Nemechek. Cole Custer was third, Austin Hill fourth and Ty Gibbs fifth. Gibbs ran both races Monday, completing 900 miles.

The win also was the first of the season for JR Motorsports.

Charlotte Xfinity results

Xfinity points after Charlotte

Justin Allgaier wins NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won a fuel-mileage gamble to win Monday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Allgaier stretched his fuel to outlast second-place John Hunter Nemechek. Following in the top five were Cole Custer, Austin Hill and Ty Gibbs.

The victory was Allgaier’s first of the year and the first of the season for JR Motorsports. He has 20 career wins.

MORE: Charlotte Xfinity results

After a long day at CMS, the race ended at 11:25 p.m. The race started Monday morning but was stopped twice because of weather before it was halted with 48 of 200 laps completed so that the Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race could be run.

When the race was stopped, Gibbs, Nemechek and Allgaier were in the top three positions.

Gibbs won the first two stages.

Stage 1 winner: Ty Gibbs

Stage 2 winner: Ty Gibbs

Who had a good race: Justin Allgaier has had good cars in previous races but finally cashed in with a win Monday. He led 83 laps. … John Hunter Nemechek, in second, scored his fifth top-two run of the season. … Cole Custer scored his sixth straight top-10 finish. … Ty Gibbs lasted 900 miles for the day and led 52 laps in the Xfinity race.

Who had a bad race: Sam Mayer was running 10th when he spun off Turn 2. He finished 35th. … Sheldon Creed finished three laps down in 28th.

Next: The series moves on to Portland International Raceway in Oregon for a 4:30 p.m. ET race June 3.