Penske’s Pay Day: Logano Wins, Hornish Tops the Standings

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Photo- Getty Images

What more could Penske Racing want? A one-two finish with their drivers, therefore a win and the point’s standings lead. That was a very successful day for the organization and they will leave with their heads held high.

When Joey Logano was supposed to be relaxing on the beach, he was pulling into victory lane for the second time in the Nationwide Series this season. Just about every other Cup driver took the week off, but Logano was hard at work to try and boost Penske’s No.22 owner’s championship chances. Well, it was worth skipping a week off when you pull into victory lane and that’s exactly what Joey Logano did Sunday afternoon at the Chicagoland Speedway.

To start off the race, it was Logano’s teammate Sam Hornish Jr. in control when he led until the first caution on lap 48. Then a speeding penalty on pit road put him at the rear of the field and the rest of the race was now catch-up time for the championship contender.

Logano shot to the top spot for the first time during the race on lap 54, but his time up front was short lived when Elliot Sadler stormed past him four laps later.

The point’s battle was destined to change somehow today, since problems plagued the top two candidates. Hornish Jr. had the pit road penalty and with 72 laps to go, Regan Smith made a spin through the grass to bring out the caution. Both would recover, but they would switch positions in the standings.

Sadler and Logano would play leader tag again around the 60 laps to go mark, but after the second to last caution of the day, neither would claim the lead. Instead, Hornish Jr. would steal the lead on the restart.

When a yellow flag was displayed with 22 laps to go, another restart would mean another showcase of the Penske cars. This time, it was Logano maintaining the lead and he wouldn’t forfeit the position for the remainder of the event.

It wasn’t just Logano winning after the race; Austin Dillon finished third and claimed the Nationwide ‘Dash 4 Cash’ for the second straight week. Hornish, Dillon, Sadler, and Vickers will be the ones dueling it out for the final incentive race of the season at Indianapolis next weekend.

Indiana will be calling soon for the second ever Nationwide Race on the historic circuit in Indianapolis and if you tuned in last year, you saw some controversy and maybe more will show up next Saturday afternoon.

By Jason Schultz

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Joey Logano 22 Ford

200

 

7

35

47

1

0

2 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 Ford

200

 

1

57

43

1

0

3 Austin Dillon 3 Chevrolet

200

 

3

24

42

1

0

4 Elliott Sadler 11 Toyota

200

 

2

80

41

1

0

5 Brian Vickers 20 Toyota

200

 

6

0

39

0

0

6 Parker Kligerman 77 Toyota

200

 

10

0

38

0

0

7 Trevor Bayne 6 Ford

200

 

8

0

37

0

0

8 Justin Allgaier 31 Chevrolet

200

 

16

0

36

0

0

9 Brad Sweet 5 Chevrolet

200

 

12

0

35

0

0

10 Matt Crafton 33 Chevrolet

200

 

4

0

34

0

0

11 Brian Scott 2 Chevrolet

200

 

9

0

33

0

0

12 Kyle Larson 32 Chevrolet

200

 

22

4

33

1

0

13 Regan Smith 7 Chevrolet

200

 

13

0

31

0

0

14 Joey Coulter 54 Toyota

200

 

15

0

30

0

0

15 Dakoda Armstrong 21 Chevrolet

200

 

17

0

29

0

0

16 Michael Annett 43 Ford

200

 

18

0

28

0

0

17 Nelson Piquet Jr. 30 Chevrolet

200

 

21

0

27

0

0

18 Travis Pastrana 60 Ford

199

 

5

0

26

0

0

19 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota

199

 

14

0

25

0

0

20 Johanna Long 70 Chevrolet

199

 

23

0

24

0

0

21 Landon Cassill 4 Chevrolet

198

 

33

0

23

0

0

22 Chad Hackenbracht 44 Toyota

197

 

35

0

22

0

0

23 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota

196

 

19

0

21

0

0

24 Mike Wallace 01 Chevrolet

196

 

34

0

20

0

0

25 Jeremy Clements 51 Chevrolet

196

 

30

0

19

0

0

26 Kyle Fowler 79 Ford

196

 

28

0

18

0

0

27 Blake Koch 24 Toyota

195

 

29

0

17

0

0

28 Eric McClure 14 Toyota

195

 

20

0

16

0

0

29 Dexter Stacey 92 Ford

195

 

40

0

15

0

0

30 Reed Sorenson 40 Chevrolet

175

 

27

0

14

0

0

31 Alex Bowman 99 Toyota

172

 

11

0

13

0

0

32 Harrison Rhodes 23 Ford

45

 

39

0

12

0

0

33 Kevin Lepage 74 Chevrolet

36

 

37

0

11

0

0

34 Tanner Berryhill 17 Toyota

20

 

25

0

10

0

0

35 Carl Long 15 Ford

14

 

38

0

9

0

0

36 T.J. Bell 42 Chevrolet

13

 

31

0

8

0

0

37 Jeff Green 10 Toyota

11

 

24

0

7

0

0

38 Ken Butler 00 Toyota

10

 

32

0

6

0

0

39 Matt DiBenedetto 37 Dodge

6

 

36

0

5

0

0

40 Joey Gase 52 Chevrolet

1

 

26

0

4

0

0

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