Logano wins at Kansas as big names fall

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Monday 6th October, 2014 - 9:31am

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Logano celebrates in Kansas

Logano celebrates in Kansas

Joey Logano has opened the next stage of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with victory in Kansas.

As good as it was for Logano, a number of big names had dramas as tyre failures and crashes were the big talking point on the high-speed 1.5-mile speedway.

This included Hendrick Racing’s Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. Also coming to grief was Logano’s Team mate Brad Keslowski.

Logano won the Hollywood Casino 400, holding off rookie Kyle Larson. Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.

Other Chase contenders in the top 15 were: Ryan Newman (sixth), Denny Hamlin (seventh), Kevin Harvick (12th), Matt Kenseth (13th) and Jeff Gordon (14th).

“We had such a fast Shell Pennzoil Ford again. It is so much fun to race these cars lately,” said Logano.

“I felt we had a good car all weekend but I wasn’t 100-percent sure but once that top opened up it just took off and there were a couple cars that could run up there and it was me and the 42 (Larson) that were the fastest up there.

“We were able to capitalise and do what we needed to do. It was fun.”

The victory ensured Logano will advance to the next round in NASCAR’s championship playoff. As the points were re-set after last weekend’s race at Dover, the likes of Keselowski could fall out of contention should he have another bad result at the next race in Charlotte.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose finished in 20th after sitting just outside the top-10 midway through the race. He also narrowly avoided the accident that eliminated Jimmie Johnson.

VIDEO: Logano win in Kansas

VIDEO: Victory Lane

VIDEO: Jimmie Johnson crash

RESULTS: Hollywood Casino 400 – Kansas Speedway
POS. CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 22 Joey Logano Ford 4 267 122 Running 48 5
2 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 18 267 0 Running 42 0
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 267 1 Running 42 1
4 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 15 267 0 Running 40 0
5 99 Carl Edwards Ford 12 267 0 Running 39 0
6 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 17 267 6 Running 39 1
7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 25 267 0 Running 37 0
8 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 16 267 0 Running 36 0
9 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 13 267 0 Running 35 0
10 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 2 267 0 Running 34 0
11 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 20 267 0 Running 33 0
12 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 1 267 61 Running 33 1
13 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 27 267 0 Running 31 0
14 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 5 267 1 Running 31 1
15 16 Greg Biffle Ford 11 267 0 Running 29 0
16 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29 267 0 Running 28 0
17 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 9 267 0 Running 27 0
18 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 19 267 0 Running 26 0
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 23 267 0 Running 25 0
20 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 22 267 0 Running 24 0
21 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 35 267 0 Running 0 0
22 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 10 265 2 Running 23 1
23 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 39 264 0 Running 21 0
24 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 36 264 0 Running 20 0
25 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 14 263 27 Running 20 1
26 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 30 263 0 Running 18 0
27 34 David Ragan Ford 37 262 0 Running 17 0
28 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 26 262 0 Running 16 0
29 83 J.J. Yeley Toyota 38 262 0 Running 0 0
30 38 David Gilliland Ford 31 262 0 Running 14 0
31 43 Aric Almirola Ford 3 260 0 Running 13 0
32 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 33 259 0 Running 12 0
33 33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 40 259 0 Running 11 0
34 66 Mike Wallace Toyota 43 259 0 Running 0 0
35 95 Michael McDowell Ford 28 258 0 Running 9 0
36 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 6 222 2 Running 9 1
37 32 Joey Gase Ford 42 213 0 Running 0 0
38 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 34 207 0 Running 6 0
39 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 8 204 45 Running 6 1
40 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 32 180 0 Running 4 0
41 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 21 84 0 Accident 3 0
42 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 24 75 0 Accident 2 0
43 37 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 41 17 0 Vibration 0 0