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Joey Logano wins Phoenix Cup race in overtime

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Joey Logano won Sunday’s Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway in an overtime finish, beating Kevin Harvick to score his second win of 2020.

Logano is the first repeat winner of the season.

Logano held on to win over Harvick, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer.

The Team Penske driver bounced back from an uncontrolled tire penalty in Stage 2, as well as a slow pit stop due to a broken jack. Logano led 60 of the race’s 316 laps. It is his second Cup win at Phoenix.

“Boy, we had more things go wrong today, unfortunate situation with the jack breaking, nobody’s fault,” Logano told Fox. “Had some good restarts to get ourselves back up there, being aggressive and having some tires there towards the end. I knew racing Kevin was going to be hard.  I was figuring I was going to get hit, so I throttled up in the corner so much, I thought he was going to give me the bump‑n‑run, which I expected, wouldn’t blame him for.  I’m out of breath.

“That was a pretty intense last 30 minutes or hour of the race.  A lot going on.  Couldn’t be more proud of this team.  Two wins already in the books.  We’ve got to keep this thing rocking.”

The overtime finish was set up by an incident involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and John Hunter Nemechek with three laps left in the original 312-lap distance.

Harvick’s second-place finish comes after he led 67 laps. Harvick remains the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all four races this year. Harvick also earned his 14th consecutive top-10 finish at Phoenix, a track record.

“(Logano) got by and got control of the race,” Harvick told Fox. “He got to restart where he wanted to. “Our Jimmy John’s Ford was better, especially when we could put it in front of his.  We just didn’t get the control of the race back there, and he was able to get by us on that restart where I got hung up.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kevin Harvick

STAGE 2 WINNER: Brad Keselowski

More: race results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer each earned their first top-five finish of the season. Bowyer snapped a string of 23 straight race at Phoenix without a top five.  … Chase Elliott bounced back from an unscheduled pit stop for a loose tire to finish seventh. He also led a race-high 93 laps … Cole Custer placed ninth for his first Cup Series top 10 in his seventh start.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 22nd after he wrecked in Turn 2 on Lap 58, in addition to the incident that created overtime … Points leader Ryan Blaney was eliminated in a three-car incident with Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski on a Lap 64 restartAustin Dillon finished 36th after he hit the wall on Lap 131, not long after an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel. … Erik Jones placed 28th after he wrecked in Turn 1 with 60 laps to go … After running in the top 10 most of the day, Tyler Reddick placed 33rd after he was eliminated in a wreck with 48 laps to go … Martin Truex Jr. was eliminated when he wrecked on a restart with 30 laps to go. It was the culmination of a long weekend for Truex, who had to start from the rear after an engine change.

NOTABLE: Seventeen different drivers have finished in the top five through four races in 2020, tied with 2001 for the most ever through four races in a season.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This was huge. It is a huge boost in our step to have a really solid day and fast Mustang. We overcame obstacles all weekend and hopefully we can continue to carry that all through the year. I think we get better every single race, so it is just a matter of continuing that and doing that every single weekend.” – Cole Custer after placing ninth for his first career Cup top 10.

WHAT’S NEXT: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 2 p.m. ET on March 15 on Fox

 

Blaney, Hamlin, Keselowski involved in Phoenix wreck

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Cup points leader Ryan Blaney, Penske teammate Brad Keselowski and Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin were involved in a Lap 64 crash that damaged all three vehicles in Sunday’s Cup race at Phoenix Raceway.

The trio were entering Turn 3, transitioning from the untreated part of the track and up into the section of track that has PJ1 traction compound applied to it.

Hamlin, who suffered heavy right front damage, got into the rear of Keselowski, while Blaney — with nowhere to go — slammed into the rear of Hamlin’s car.

Blaney’s car suffered the most damage. He took his Ford Mustang to the garage and was knocked out of the race.

“It looks like (Hamlin) just tried to send it on there below (Keselowski), got loose and hit him, then over-corrected and got us in the left front, and then we got up in the dirt and ran right into the fence,” Blaney told Fox Sports. “(We were a) bystander in that one. It sucks that it happened that early in the race.”

Repairs were made to Hamlin’s car on pit road and he went back on the track, finishing 20th. Keselowski was able to continue and rallied back for an 11th-place finish.

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Today’s Cup race at Phoenix: Start time, lineup and more

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NASCAR wraps its three-race West Coast swing today at Phoenix Raceway.

Phoenix will host the championship race in November. Today’s race marks the first time in the Cup playoff era that the series has raced at a track that will host the title event more than once in a season.

Here’s all the info you need for today’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 3:37 p.m by Bryan Derbyshire, Casey Callinsky and their families. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:45 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage opens at 11:30 a.m.  Driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3 p.m. The invocation will be given at 3:30 p.m. by Pastor Rick Derbyshire. The National Anthem will be performed at 3:31 p.m. by actor Skylar Astin, star of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”

DISTANCE: The race is 312 laps (312 miles) around the 1-mile oval.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 75. Stage 2 ends on Lap 190.

TV/RADIO: Fox will televise the race. Coverage begins at 3. Motor Racing Network’s coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. and can also be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 68 degrees and 0% chance of rain at the race’s start.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch won this race last year over Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney. Denny Hamlin won last fall’s playoff race over Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney.

TO THE REAR: Martin Truex Jr. (engine), John Hunter Nemecheck (radiator change)

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Cup lineup

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Starting lineup for Sunday’s Cup race at Phoenix

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Chase Elliott will start from the pole for the ninth time in his Cup career on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway.

Elliott earned the pole during Saturday’s qualifying. Kevin Harvick will start second.

Elliott’s best finish at Phoenix is a runner-up in the fall 2017 race. Harvick has nine wins at the 1-mile oval.

Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson will start in Row 2. Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola will start from Row 3.

Martin Truex Jr. will start Sunday’s race from the rear due to an engine change.

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Chase Elliott takes Phoenix Cup pole from Kevin Harvick

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Chase Elliott took the pole from Kevin Harvick for Sunday’s Cup race at Phoenix Raceway.

Harvick looked like he would win the pole with a speed of 137.878 mph until Elliott’s 138.116 mph effort came late in qualifying Saturday afternoon. It’s the ninth career pole of Elliott’s Cup career.

“Great to get a pole,” Elliott told FS1. “It’s always a good thing when you can put down a fast lap. Hopefully tomorrow goes good. That’s always the challenge. We’ll see and I’m looking forward to it.”

Harvick will start alongside Elliott on the front row of the 38-car race day field.

Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin was third fastest (137.841 mph), followed by Kyle Larson (137.604) and Ryan Blaney (137.457).

Sixth through 10th were Aric Almirola (137.457), Kurt Busch (137.420), last week’s winner Alex Bowman (137.321), Matt DiBenedetto (137.289) and Kyle Busch (137.247).

Cup qualifying results

Sunday’s race begins at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox. The race will also be broadcast on the radio on the Motor Racing Network (also mrn.com) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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