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.”

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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