Joey Logano wins NASCAR at Phoenix

Alex Andrejev, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

Sunday's race in Phoenix ended with Joey Logano in Victory Lane for the second time this season. Logano maintained his late-lap lead through an overtime battle against Kevin Harvick, who finished in second place and led 66 laps. Kyle Busch finished closely in third.

"I'm out of breath," Logano said after spinning his celebratory donuts. "That was a pretty intense last 30 minutes or hour of the race."

Logano notched his second 2020 victory (25th in his career) in the fourth race of the season. He also won at Las Vegas two weeks ago.

"I knew racing Kevin was going to be hard," Logano said. "I was figuring I was going to get hit, so I throttled up in the corner so much. I thought he was going to give me the bump-n-run."

But Harvick was unable to touch Logano before the checkered flag.

For a full recap of how the final laps went down, check out The Observer's NASCAR at Phoenix live updates.


"Two wins already in the books," Logano continued. "We got to keep this thing rocking."

NASCAR debuted its new short-track and downforce package at Sunday's race in Phoenix to deliver an entertaining, even surprising event. Drivers who had dominated the top-five earlier this season, were nowhere to be found Sunday, while others emerged.

Previous Cup Series points leader Ryan Blaney, for example, crashed out of the race in the first stage due to a three-car wreck that involved Denny Hamlin and Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski. (Harvick now leads the series in points.)

Hamlin struggled around turn three in the 60th lap, tapping Keselowski and nearby Blaney into the wall. Blaney's No. 12 Ford was unable to sustain the damage to its right front wheel and Blaney pulled out.


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