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.

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis