All-Star Winner Logano Sets His Sights On The ‘600’

With his victory in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race, Team Penske’s Joey Logano will now look to join a fairly exclusive group of NASCAR drivers with another victory this coming weekend in the Coca-Cola 600.

Since 1985, the first year of the All-Star Race, just seven drivers have won both events in the same season: Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Darrell Waltrip and Kurt Busch – the last driver to do it, in 2010. Logano tops the preliminary entry list for NASCAR’s longest race that also includes defending winner Carl Edwards and regular-season points leader Kevin Harvick.

Last year, Denny Hamlin finished eighth in his bid to sweep the two May races at C-M- S.

Joey Logano Takes Sprint All-Star Race

Joey Logano chased race leader Kyle Larson down in the late stages of the final segment Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, grabbing his final lead of the night just two laps from the finish and keeping the Number-22 Ford in front the rest of the way to notch his first victory in the annual non-points special event. Brad Keselowski finished second, giving Team Penske a one-two sweep in the race – which featured a new format that included mandatory pit stops within a prescribed period of time that left many competitors confused and uncertain of what was unfolding.

In a random draw before the night’s final thirteen-lap segment, it was revealed that the top eleven drivers would have to pit for four tires while the remainder of the field would remain on the track on old rubber. Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson restarted on the front row for the final segment but on worn tires, they were no match for competitors who clearly benefitted from the four-tire pit stop. Larson quickly moved into the lead and held the top spot until Logano’s late charge to victory. Larson brushed the outside wall while racing hard with Logano and slipped to sixteenth place at the finish.

Larson and Carl Edwards each won one of the two fifty-lap segments that preceded the final dash to the checkered flag, which netted Logano a one-million-dollar payday. Keselowski led a race-high thirty-nine laps en route to his runner-up finish. Dale Earnhardt Junior placed third with Edwards and Kurt Busch completing the top five.

On The Track, The Next Stop Is Charlotte Motor Speedway

On the track, the next stop is Charlotte Motor Speedway for the thirty-second running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. Denny Hamlin is the defending winner and is bidding to become just the third driver with back-to- back All-Star victories. Jimmie Johnson won in 2012 and 2013 while Davey Allison was victorious in 1991 and 1992.

The race will be run in three segments, fifty laps in the first two and then a thirteen-lap dash to the finish … There are to be mandatory green-flag pit stops during each of the first two segments. Prior to the final thirteen laps, a random draw will determine whether the top nine, ten or eleven cars will enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire stop. The other drivers will remain on the track on old tires to complete the race … Winner collects one million dollars … In addition to the fifteen drivers now eligible for the All-Star Race, the three winners from each segment of tonight’s Sprint Showdown preliminary race will transfer into Saturday’s main event along with the top two drivers voted in through fan balloting – bringing the All-Star starting field up to twenty drivers.

Two Days Left In Fan Voting For Sprint All-Star Race

NASCAR fans have just two days left to vote and give one of their favorite drivers a spot in the 2016 Sprint All-Star Race, which is scheduled to be run on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The ballot includes thirty drivers not presently eligible for the non-points special event … led by Danica Patrick, who’s twice been voted in, and Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year candidates Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott and Brian Scott.

Fans can vote once daily at NASCAR-dot- com/Sprint Fan Vote. Balloting ends Friday. The top two vote-getters will earn a spot in the All-Star Race.

Rules Package Modified For Saturday’s All-Star Race

NASCAR has updated its 2016 rules package for this coming weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race in an effort to further reduce downforce on Cup Series cars and bring corner speeds down by some three miles per hour on intermediate-sized mile-and- a-half ovals like Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of Saturday night’s race. Because it’s a non-points event, officials and teams will have an opportunity to observe the impact of the changes without compromising the integrity of the regular season – which already has twelve races completed. It is hoped that the adjustments announced Monday will provide closer, more competitive competition. NASCAR implemented a sweeping new set of low-downforce technical specifications for the 2016 season. One-third of the way through the current campaign, lead changes in the Sprint Cup Series are down four percent from last year.


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