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.