NASCAR: Successful Challenger Round in the books for Joey Logano


As part of NASCAR’s new Chase for the Sprint Cup format, wins give you a spot in the next round. However, they don’t give you bonus points for the next round.

The latter seems to slightly bother Joey Logano, who won the middle race of the opening Challenger Round at New Hampshire.

But that won’t keep him from having his points reset at 3,000 like the rest of the 12 remaining Chasers.

“As consistent as we’ve been and as good as we’ve been running, I hate to see it reset,” said Logano, who sandwiched his win with fourths at Chicagoland and in yesterday’s Challenger Round finale at Dover.

“You’re like, ‘Alright, this is three good finishes, a win in there, this feels good,’ but now we’re all tied again so it’s like, that’s all out the window. It’s nice we’re able to go to the next round, but after that, it’s over and you’ve got to start over and go again.”

That said, Logano isn’t complaining about the performance of himself and his No. 22 Team Penske squad to open the post-season.

Three Top-5 finishes in succession is an impressive start, and they’ve served notice that Logano’s every bit a threat to win the Cup as his teammate, 2012 champ Brad Keselowski.

“We’ve got to do that again and again to be able to win this championship,” Logano said. “We’ve got momentum. The part I’m most proud of is that we’re executing.

“Even if we don’t have the best race car, we execute to make sure we have a nice solid finish out of it one way or the other, so we have to keep doing that throughout the rest of the Chase.”

Yesterday in Dover, Hendrick Motorsports – considered by many to be Penske’s main rival for the championship – scored one as Jeff Gordon picked up his fourth win of 2014.

However, with everybody on the same plane at 3,000 points going into the Contender Round opener at Kansas Speedway, Logano insists that his focus is not just on defeating the Hendrick foursome of Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kasey Kahne.

“There are 11 other guys right now who are our main competition, so we’ve got to look at them all just like we did going into this round,” he said.

“We look at every one as a contender – no pun intended – and we’ll be able to focus on what we’ve been doing with our race cars and go from there.”

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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