Chase leader Joey Logano looks ahead to Sunday, talks Texas post-race fight

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In his most recent visit to Phoenix International Raceway, Joey Logano converted a front-row start into a fourth-place finish this past March.

If he can do that again Sunday at PIR, he’ll be racing for the Sprint Cup championship next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Logano is tied with Denny Hamlin for the Chase lead with a 13-point cushion over the cutoff to advance. A finish of 11th or better for him on Sunday will make him one of the four drivers battling for the title in South Florida.

But while he knows what he must do, Logano says he has to push that out of his mind during the Eliminator Round finale and keep focused on the task at hand like he and the No. 22 Team Penske crew did last week at Texas.

Late in the running, a slow pit stop and a spin could’ve spelled disaster for Logano’s Chase hopes. But he was able to rally and finish 12th, which was enough to get him to the top of the Chase Grid.

“We didn’t finish where we wanted to going into the day, but after losing that many spots toward the end of the race and being able to come home 12th – all things considered – it was a decent day,” he said. “We’ll have to do the same thing here – go out there and try to win the race and roll with the punches no matter what happens. No pun intended (laughs).”

In Logano’s mind, the strategy remains unchanged: Be aggressive to get up front and stay there. However, with his points lead in mind, he acknowledges that there may be a limit to his aggression late in the race.

“Maybe we won’t go three or four-wide for the win knowing you may wreck,” he said. “That’s probably not worth it, but, at the same time, I think we have to stay on the attack mode throughout the race to keep our track position and make sure we’re up towards the front.

“We proved it last week because as soon as we lost track position we got hit in the door, we had a flat tire, and it just snowballed the wrong way. So you’ve got to be up towards the front to feel safe, so you’ve got to be aggressive to be up there in the first place.”

As for the latest imbroglio involving his Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski (-5 points behind cutoff), Logano said that he would be as good a partner as he can be to the beleaguered Michigander.

He also said it wasn’t his place to judge Keselowski or anyone else that played a role in the post-race scuffle at Texas, which ended with Keselowski and an angry Jeff Gordon in the center of a brawl that also involved their respective crews.

“You don’t really know the situation unless you’re in the situation yourself,” Logano said. “I wasn’t driving the 24 [Gordon] or the 2 car [Keselowski] last week. I don’t really know what happened. We can all watch the film as much as we want and say, ‘Oh, it looks like this happened or it looks like that happened.’

“We’re all gonna have different opinions and most likely, both drivers are not gonna have the same opinion either because we all have big egos here and we’re all right. That’s how we think, but deep down inside they probably know what happened.”

NASCAR has since penalized multiple crew members on the teams of Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne, as well as their respective crew chiefs. All three drivers involved in the Texas fight – Gordon, Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick – escaped punishment of any kind.

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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