Logano holds off hard-charging Harvick at Bristol

Joey Logano scores his 11th career win and third of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Once again, Joey Logano conquered the Last Great Coliseum.

Logano defended last season’s Food City 500 successfully by holding off Kevin Harvick by 0.220-seconds at the line.

“Yeah baby, Bristol again,” Joey Logano said. “Get you some.”

Logano took the lead for the first time on lap 225 and held the point for a total of 176 laps. After pitting for the final time on Lap 431, Logano lined up alongside his Penske teammate Brad Keselowski with 43 laps remaining. Keselowski elected not to pit and on fresh tires, Logano quickly took the lead on the restart and tried his best not to look back.

“There’s not a lot of time to look in the rearview mirror,” said Logano, who scored his 11th career Sprint Cup win on Saturday night. “But I realized how different his line was than mine. He’d drive in so hard and almost get to my back bumper and then I’d drive off really good.

“It’s kind of interesting to watch a race like that when two cars are a similar speed, but in two complete different ways. That’s what’s so fun about Bristol is you can drive the car about five or six different ways and make it fast, so it’s fun to race here.”

Harvick a bridesmaid again

Harvick, who had the fastest lap on Saturday, was penalized twice on pit road. He restarted 22nd on Lap 132 and worked back to fifth, only to be cited again on Lap 362. Harvick battled through traffic again, restarted fifth after the eighth and final caution, caught Logano by Lap 440 and chased him over the remaining 60 laps before settling for second — his eighth second-place finish since his win at Phoenix in March.

“I could never get close enough to do what I needed to do there at the end,” Harvick said. “He just got through traffic a little better there and was able to maneuver better.

“We were able to overcome a lot tonight. We weren’t really able to show what this team is all about. This is my favorite place — I know Rodney (crew chief Childers) loves it but to have a race car this fast — if I had someone else to drive it, they probably could have won this race. It’s definitely been a struggle for me here. To come here and do the things we’ve been able to do here the last couple of years is pretty exciting. Just really proud of my team.”

Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-five finishers. Five drivers led laps with Kyle Busch topping the field with 192 circuits in front before finishing eighth after a speeding penalty on lap 432.

Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Newman rounded out the top 10.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Bristol II
Track Bristol Motor Speedway
Drivers Joey Logano
Teams Team Penske
Article type Race report