Joey Logano wins NNS at Chicagoland in 1-2 finish for Penske

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Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano has bested Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. to win the STP 300 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Chicagoland Speedway.

Logano took the lead from Hornish shortly after the final restart of the day with 15 laps to go, and held on for his second NNS victory of the season by less than three-tenths of a second.

“I don’t know if it was the car to beat, but we kept working on the car,” Logano told ESPN in Victory Lane. “At the beginning of the race, it was a third or fourth-place car. [Crew chief] Jeremy [Bullins] made great changes throughout the race to make it a little better, a little better – the front side of the runs was where we were worst and then after 30, 40 laps, we started running really well in the pack.

“He made the adjustments to make it run better on the front side and I did my part getting the lead and getting Penske a 1-2 finish.”

Adding to Penske’s delightful day in the Windy City is that Hornish was able to take the NNS championship lead going into next weekend’s Indiana 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hornish, the 2006 Indianapolis 500 champion, has a seven-point lead in the standings after previous points leader Regan Smith finished 13th.

For the second consecutive week, Austin Dillon claimed the $100,000 “Dash 4 Cash” bonus with a solid third-place run. Elliott Sadler led a race-high 81 laps but had to settle for a fourth-place finish ahead of Brian Vickers in fifth.

Ticktum takes dramatic Macau GP win as leaders crash on last lap

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British youngster Dan Ticktum took a dramatic victory in the 64th Macau Grand Prix on Sunday after the leading two cars crashed out at the final corner on the last lap of the race.

In an incident-packed race that saw front-row starters Joel Eriksson and Callum Ilott clash early on amid a litany of Full Course Yellows, Brazilian racer Sergio Sette Camara was able to move into the lead ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Maximilian Günther.

Günther’s pace dropped off in the closing stages as he struggled to keep his tires alive, causing a train of cars to form up behind him including McLaren youngster Lando Norris and the Red Bull-backed Ticktum.

Ticktum pulled off a brilliant double-pass on Norris and Günther around the outside of Lisboa to move up to third, with Sette Camara and Habsburg dueling for position right the way to the finish.

Habsburg attempted a brave pass around the outside of the Mandarin kink, but was forced to wait until the penultimate straight before he got a tow and was able to pass for the lead.

Drama then struck when both Habsburg and Sette Camara ran wide and crashed into the wall exiting the final fast right-hander by their own accord, paving the way for Ticktum to charge through to victory.

Norris and Ralf Aron benefited from the crashes to score second and third place respectively, while Habsburg was able to get to the checkered flag in fourth on three wheels.