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.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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