Another Daytona near-miss for Joey Logano


At least Joey Logano finished this time.

One week after he was wrecked out of the lead on the final lap of the Daytona 500, Logano had another win at Daytona International Speedway slip through his fingers Sunday, this time on the road course.

Logano held a 3.5-second lead when Christopher Bell passed Kurt Busch for second place with five laps to go. But Bell was already on a charge after the final restart, and with fresher tires than Logano, he quickly closed in on the past Cup Series champion.

With two laps to go, Bell caught Logano. While the latter tried making his car wide through Turns 3 and 4 of the oval, Bell got position entering the frontstretch chicane and slipped by for the race-winning pass.

“You hate being that close, but at the same time, I look at where we came from and we had a really solid race,” said Logano, who’s recorded back-to-back runner-up finishes on road courses.

“Two solid stages – a second (place finish) and a third (place finish) in the stages, then second overall – that’s a great day, any way you look at it.

“It’s just getting passed coming to the white flag stings a lot.”

It caps a two-week run at Daytona that saw Logano get close to hitting Victory Lane on four different occasions. He also finished third in the Busch Clash on the road course and fourth in his Duel qualifier entering the Daytona 500.

On Sunday, Logano pointed to a lack of long-run speed on his Ford as a difference maker in the end.

“(Bell) had a great car,” he said. “They were able to hang with (Chase Elliott). Seems like the (Joe Gibbs Racing) cars have made a substantial gain on keeping up with (Elliott), and I feel like we’ve made a gain as well, but we’re still a step behind on the long run.

“Our short run speed is competitive, our braking is competitive, we just fall off on tires too hard. We’ve just gotta figure that out. We’ve identified the issue. Now it’s time to go to work.”

He also applied that outlook to his team’s performance as a whole in the first two weeks.

“I think we’re doing a good job,” he said. “When I think of the execution of this race team, we’re doing all the right things.

“We just gotta get a little bit faster. That’s the biggest thing that I see right now. Not that we’re far off, right? We’re right there in the hunt. But I’d say we’re outperforming the car at this moment. We just need to get our car a little better.”

Logano also confirmed that he spoke with Team Penske stablemate Brad Keselowski about the crash that kept him from claiming his second Daytona 500 win.

As eventual winner Michael McDowell pushed Keselowski on the final lap, Keselowski and Logano made contact and set off a multi-car crash. McDowell escaped and was declared the winner under caution.

“We’re fine,” Logano said on the subject. “We had a good conversation. Everything I hoped it would be – very honest and open. I think today, we were around each other a little bit and we raced each other fine, so I think everything’s gonna be good moving forward.

“It was a healthy conversation. Probably glad we waited a few days to cool our jets, but it ended up being a productive conversation.”

Keselowski finished fifth Sunday. He and Bell were found to have one lug nut loose on their cars in post-race inspection, which will lead to a $10,000 fine for their respective crew chiefs.

Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.