Joey Logano may have faded late after leading 63 laps during the middle stages of last night’s 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway, but the Team Penske driver was still able to chalk up his sixth Top-5 finish of the year with a fourth-place result.
With 60 laps to go in the 267-lap race, Logano restarted up front alongside Kevin Harvick and appeared to be in contention for what would have been his third Sprint Cup win of the season.
But Harvick was able to take the lead from him off the restart and with 48 laps to go, Logano ceded second to Jeff Gordon – who would go on to beat Harvick for the win by just two car lengths.
Meanwhile, Logano slipped one more spot in the final laps as Kasey Kahne peeled third place off of him while he was trying to dispatch a lapped car.
“That last restart, the 4 and 24 [Harvick and Gordon] just took off and left me – I was like, ‘Man, wait for me!’,” Logano said afterwards. “Those guys were quick.
“We missed our adjustments a little bit trying to keep up with the track. I feel like we should have finished third. The 5 [Kahne] got by me when I was trying to get around a lap car and I am disappointed in myself there.
Logano still was the top Ford driver on the night, leading a three-driver contingent from the Blue Oval that made the Top 10.
Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards finished sixth on his home track, while Aric Almirola finished eighth for Richard Petty Motorsports.
With two wins in hand from Texas and Richmond, Logano will be in the hunt for a massive payday in next weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
While the All-Star will be a non-points event, a $1 million prize is going to the winner.
“Overall, it is a solid Top-5 finish again and we will keep that momentum going and have some fun next week in Charlotte and go for a million bucks.