Joey Logano moves William Byron for Darlington victory


Joey Logano used the bumper at Darlington Raceway to snap a 40-race winless streak Sunday afternoon.

With two laps to go, Logano reeled in then-leader William Byron in Turn 3 and gave the No. 24 Chevrolet a shot to the left-rear bumper, sending Byron into the outside wall and allowing the No. 22 Ford to scoot through for the lead and eventual win. Logano was miffed after he felt Byron put him into the outside wall on an earlier restart while fighting for the lead.

“You’re not gonna put me in the wall and not get anything back; that’s how that works,” Logano told FOX Sports.

MORE: Darlington Cup results, driver points

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Logano, who led a race-high 107 laps Sunday, was the first to win a race in the Next Gen car, but that victory came in an exhibition race at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum back in February.

“Man, super proud of this Shell Pennzoil team,” Logano said. “Getting a victory here at Darlington … I’ve never won here in a Cup race before, so proud of this race team. Great execution all day long.”

Byron, meanwhile, went on to finish 13th after significant damage to his car. Byron is tied with Ross Chastain for a series-high two wins this season and signed a three-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports earlier this week.

“I mean he runs everybody over, so I don’t see what’s different,” Byron told NBC Sports of Logano. “He does it to everybody and doesn’t even let us finish. He goes in there 10 mph faster. Stupid.”

Sunday’s race was one of attrition as 13 of the 36 entrants failed to finish. Eleven cars were caught up in a Lap 262 pileup following a restart. Martin Truex Jr. spun from fifth place at the exit of Turn 2, forcing others to check up. Most didn’t get the message in time, resulting in race-ending damage for Truex, Kurt Busch, Bubba Wallace, Erik Jones and Cole Custer.

Chastain, the Stage 2 winner, also spun on a Lap 194 restart while battling for the lead with Truex. Chastain got loose at the exit of Turn 2 and crashed into the inside wall, ending his day.

Defending champion Kyle Larson suffered an engine failure after completing 112 of 293 laps and finished 36th.

Completing the top five behind Logano were Tyler Reddick, Justin Haley, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott. Christopher Bell, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Daniel Suarez rounded out the top 10.

There were no issues in post-race inspection, confirming Logano as the official race winner. The Nos. 2 and 31 cars of Austin Cindric and Justin Haley will be brought back to the NASCAR R&D Center for further teardown inspection.

Stage 1 winner: Joey Logano

Stage 2 winner: Ross Chastain

Who had a good race: In third place, Justin Haley scored his first top-five finish since winning at Daytona in July 2019. … Kevin Harvick notched his 13th straight top-10 finish at Darlington, breaking a tie with Bill Elliott for the most consecutive top 10s at the track “Too Tough to Tame.” … Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished eighth for his third top 10 of the year, eclipsing his 2021 top-10 total (two) after finishing second at Dover last week.

Who had a bad race: 23XI Racing saw both of its cars, wheeled by Bubba Wallace and Kurt Busch, receive heavy damage in the Lap 262 melee. Wallace has failed to finish better than 13th since placing second in the Daytona 500, while Busch suffered his fifth result of 28th or worse in the past seven races. … Brad Keselowski spun twice Sunday, first on Lap 4 by himself and again at Lap 168 after suffering a flat tire. The second incident ended his day after heavy contact both from the wall and Kyle Busch, who had nowhere to go but Keselowski’s right-front wheel. He finished 34th, a season-worst result and first DNF of 2022.

Notable: Kyle Larson finished 36th with an engine issue on Sunday for his fifth finish of 29th or worse this year in 12 races. He had four finishes of 29th or worse all of last season.

Next race: The series heads to Kansas Speedway on May 15 (3:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

NASCAR Power Rankings: William Byron, Kyle Busch rank 1-2


Kyle Busch moved closer to the top spot after his win Sunday at WWT Raceway, but William Byron keeps hold of No. 1 after another top-10 run.

The series heads to Sonoma Raceway this weekend, the second race of the season on a road course.


(Previous ranking in parenthesis)

1. William Byron (1) — He goes into Sonoma with six consecutive top-10 finishes after his eighth-place result at WWT Raceway. Byron has led a series-high 717 laps this season.

2. Kyle Busch (4) — Recorded his third win of the season Sunday. He is tied with Byron for most wins this year. Busch scored 59 of a maximum 60 points and won his first stage of the year Sunday. He has 16 playoff points. Only Byron has more with 17 this season.

3. Kyle Larson (3) — His fourth-place finish continued his up-and-down season. In the last nine races, Larson has two wins, four top fives, a 20th-place result and four finishes of 30th or worse. He has led 588 laps this season, which ranks second this year to Byron.

4. Martin Truex Jr. (2) — His fifth-place finish is his sixth top 10 in the last eight races. He ranks third in laps led this year with 383.

5. Denny Hamlin (7) — Runner-up result at WWT Raceway is his fourth top 10 in the last seven races.

6. Ryan Blaney (10) — Followed Coca-Cola 600 win with a sixth-place run at WWT Raceway. He had an average running position of 2.6 on Sunday, second only to winner Kyle Busch’s average running position of 1.9.

7. Joey Logano (9) — Third-place finish is his second top 10 in the last four races.

8. Kevin Harvick (NR) — His 10th-place finish is his fourth consecutive finish of 11th or better.

9. Ross Chastain (6) — Lost the points lead after placing 22nd, his third consecutive finish outside the top 20.

10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (NR) — Headed for his eighth top 15 in a row until he was collected in a crash after the contact between Austin Cindric and Austin Dillon late in Sunday’s race.

Dropped out: Chase Elliott (5th), Tyler Reddick (8th)

NASCAR will not penalize Austin Cindric for incident with Austin Dillon


Despite Richard Childress and Austin Dillon saying that Austin Cindric intentionally wrecked Dillon late in Sunday’s Cup race at WWT Raceway, NASCAR will not penalize Cindric.

Elton Sawyer, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, said Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that there would be no penalty to Cindric after reviewing the contact.

Dillon and Childress were upset about the incident, which brought out the caution on Lap 220 of the 243-lap race. Dillon said NASCAR should suspend Cindric for the contact, just as NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one race for hooking Denny Hamlin in the Coca-Cola 600.

Contact between the left front of Cindric’s car and the right rear of Dillon’s car sent Dillon up the track into Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Dillon finished 31st. Cindric continued and placed 13th.

Dillon told “I was wrecked intentionally by (Cindric), hooked right just like Chase and Denny and Bubba’s deal (in wrecking Kyle Larson at Las Vegas in 2022). He better be suspended next week.”

Childress said: “(Dillon) had drove up to about 10th until (Cindric) wrecked him in there on purpose, sort of a payback.”

Sawyer said a review of the incident included viewing video and data.

“We didn’t see anything — and haven’t seen anything — that really would rise to a level that would be a suspension or a penalty,” Sawyer said. “It looked like hard racing. One car coming up a little bit and another car going down.

“As we said last week, we take these incidents very serious when we see cars that are turned head-on into another car or head-on into the wall. I spent a lot of time (Monday) looking at that, looking at all the data, looking at TV footage and just deemed this one really hard racing.”

Sawyer said NASCAR plans to talk to both Cindric and Dillon “to make sure we’re all in a good place as we move forward to Sonoma.”



Seven Cup drivers entered in Xfinity race at Sonoma


Kyle Larson is among seven Cup drivers entered in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Sonoma Raceway.

The race marks the first time the Xfinity Series has competed at the California road course. Teams will get 50 minutes of practice Friday because this is a new event on the schedule. That additional time will give those Cup drivers more laps on the 1.99-mile road course.

MORE: Sonoma Xfinity entry list

Here is a look at what Xfinity rides the Cup drivers will pilot this weekend:

The race is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.

The ARCA Menards Series West also is competing this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Cup driver Ryan Preece is entered in that event. Xfinity drivers Cole Custer, Riley Herbst, Sammy Smith and Parker Retzlaff also are entered in that race, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday.


Winners and losers at WWT Raceway


Winners and losers from Sunday’s Cup race at WWT Raceway:


Kyle BuschWins the pole, leads the most laps and holds the field off over the last five restarts to win the race. He scored six playoff points, giving him 16 on the season, second only to William Byron’s 17. Busch left Joe Gibbs Racing after last season for Richard Childress Racing. Busch’s three wins this year equals what JGR has done so far.

Ryan BlaneyHis sixth-place finish moved him into the points lead. He last led the points after the spring 2022 Richmond race. Blaney also won a stage Sunday to collect another playoff point. He has seven this season.

Kyle LarsonFourth-place finish was a big turnaround after struggles earlier in the race. It has not been easy for this team the last few weeks. He has three top-five finishes and four finishes of 20th or worse in the last seven races.

Daniel SuarezHis seventh-place finish moved him up two spots to 16th in the standings, the final playoff transfer spot at this time.


Ross ChastainHe finished 22nd for his third consecutive result outside the top 20. He entered the weekend leading the points and fell to fifth afterward. He is 29 points behind new series leader Ryan Blaney with 11 races left in the regular season.

Tyler ReddickRebounded from an early spin to lead but had his race end after a brake rotor failed. He was one of four drivers eliminated by brake rotor failures. The others were Carson Hocevar, Bubba Wallace and Noah Gragson.