Joey Logano was still in good shape – somehow.
When a debris caution came out with 20 laps left in last November’s Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Logano was running sixth. This was despite losing track position on two earlier pit stops; at Lap 195, he needed extra repairs after he had brushed the wall, and with 45 laps left, a dropped lug nut caused him to fall out of the Top 10.
Yet here he was, still with an opportunity to defeat Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Newman for the Cup.
Strategies differed among the Championship 4 in the most critical pit stops of the season. Hamlin stayed out, while Newman (two tires), Harvick (four tires), and Logano (four tires) went in.
But Logano’s drive for a title ended in the pits. His No. 22 Team Penske Ford fell off the jack, knocking him out of contention. He finished 16th, while Harvick won the race and the championship.
The Homestead disaster is part of Logano’s one-on-one interview with NASCAR on NBC’s Marty Snider, which you’ll see in today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
But for now, go to the top to watch a teaser clip of the interview, in which Logano discusses how he dealt with what occurred in South Florida.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.