CP MOTORSPORTS - LOGANO POWERS TO TALLADEGA XFINITY WIN
Joey Logano asserted his restrictor plate prowess en route to victory in Saturday afternoon’s Winn Dixie 300 from Talladega Superspeedway.
The victory is Logano's third on the 2015 Xfinity series season and the 24th of his career. He led a race-high 40 laps in the #22 Discount Tire Ford for Team Penske.
“There’s never a Talladega win that comes easy,” Logano said. “You never know you got it until the end just like every other superspeedway race we have.”
Logano has yet to finish worse than second place in his five 2015 Xfinity series starts.
“It’s cool to get our third win of the season now,” Logano added. “This has been a pretty special season so far. We’ve had really fast race cars. (Crew chief) Greg Erwin has done a really awesome job. Tab Boyd, my spotter, once again did a great job on superspeedways giving me the information I needed to make decisions out there.”
Chris Buescher was able to nose in front of Logano on the backstretch of the race's final lap. Logano then used a push from defending event winner Elliott Sadler to his advantage to jump back in front and beat second-place finisher Brian Scott to the line by 0.13 of a second.
“All day we had a really strong car,” Scott said. “We were able to stay in the top ten. I felt like every time we were able to get out front; we weren’t quite fast enough. I kept trying to ask my pit crew to put more tape on it so we could get slicker so we could try to lead a little better.
“The Fords seemed really strong and they were hard to hold off. They worked really well together, and it seemed like they were able to go to the front most of the time, anytime they wanted.”
Austin Dillon finished third followed by underdogs J.J. Yeley and Joey Gase, who rounded out the top-five.
The fifth place finish for Gase is his career best.
"It was an incredible day," Gase said.
Buescher, who failed to overtake Logano, fell all the way back to a sixth-place finish. Sadler finished in seventh-place.
The race was red-flagged for eight minutes after a caution when two crew members from Aric Almirola's team suffered injuries after Brendan Gaughan slid into the pit road wall during the caution.
One of Almirola's crew members was transported to a local hospital with unspecified injuries.
Xfinity series points leader Ty Dillon was involved in the lap 74 incident and was also involved in a separate incident 20 laps later rebounded to finish in eighth place. Aric Almirola and Regan Smith rounded out the top-ten.
Dillon's points lead is now nine points over second-place Chris Buescher.
Defending Xfinity series champion Chase Elliott had cut Dillon's points lead to just eight points entering Saturday but he has fallen back to third after a disastrous 37th place finish.
The Xfinity series will return to action on May 17th at Iowa Speedway.