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In The News


Logano dominates XFINITY race in Phoenix


Logano grabs the checkered flag – mid-burnout – from a NASCAR official at the start/finish line after winning the AXALTA 200. Photo by Andrew Copley/Harold Hinson Photography

By Jerry Jordan

AVONDALE, Az. – There were 200 laps in Saturday’s XFINITY race at Phoenix International Raceway but for most of the drivers on the track the view towards the front of the field really never changed because all the saw was the rear bumper of Joey Logano’s No. 22 Discount Tire Ford.

In fact, for 176 laps Logano paced the field and made his eventual win look that much easier. Only three other drivers – Matt Kenseth, Austin Dillon and Brennan Poole – were able to fight their way to the lead albeit just briefly in the overall scheme of things.

“There is always a little bit of a change there but I was able to make the right adjustments for when we put two on and Greg Erwin and all these guys did a great job for me today,” Logano said, during his post-race interview. “We have been so close here the last four races or so, we have been so close to winning an XFINITY race and it is so great to get Discount Tire in victory lane in their home area. I have been driving this car for a few years but haven’t got Discount Tire in victory lane with me driving, so that is a big deal. I was able to take off faster on restarts and get a nice lead and then Matt (Kenseth’s) car was looser than mine so that is why I was able to get a lead. Once we started running a few laps I would get tight and he would start catching up to me because his balance was a little more free.



Victory in Vegas: Dillon dominates field for XFINITY win


Austin Dillon celebrates a dominating performance in the XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo by Alan Marler/Harold Hinson Photography

By Jerry Jordan

LAS VEGAS – For a couple of seconds in the closing laps of the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it looked like Austin Dillon’s dominating performance would be overshadowed by the hard driving of Ryan Blaney, who chose not to pull a bump-and-run to win the race.

Leading 183 of 200 laps, Dillon’s Chevrolet Camaro was strong and he knew it. High, low or in the middle Dillon was hooked up and holding off the field. The former XFINITY Series champion hadn’t won in the series since 2012, when he took home the title and moved up to the Sprint Cup Series in 2013.



NASCAR Drivers Look Beyond Luck to Win at Las Vegas


Brad Keselowski celebrates his win last year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo by Jerry Jordan

By Dwight Drum

NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers aren't talking luck when they go to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, even though they know every race at every track has a bit of bad or good luck in store. That's racing.
Some luck will apply on the 1.5 mile tri-oval track for the Kobalt 400 on March 8, but horsepower and skill are far more important.

The Las Vegas race is early on the long NASCAR schedule, and the weather should be about perfect: sunny in the low 70s with zero rain. Teams don’t have to worry about weather in Vegas. They can focus on performance.

In an intense sport, teams seem to look deeper these days. The new emphasis on wins caused by the revised Chase for the Sprint Cup format has no doubt changed the philosophy of early-season results. It’s more important now to get a win early than it is to build a point buffer with top finishes.



Crafton runs away with truck win at Atlanta Motor Speedway


Matt Crafton celebrates a dominating win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Photo by Harold Hinson/Harold Hinson Photography

By Jerry Jordan

HAMPTON, Ga. – Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, Matt Crafton, drove away from the field, on Saturday, for an 8.752 second margin of victory in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

He led the most laps and dominated the race – with a record 72 green-flag laps at the end of the truck series event at the Georgia speedway.

“We just tried to stay ahead of it,” Crafton said, of track changes throughout the race as the sky went from overcast to sunny and then to darkness. “We knew when the sun was going down that the track was going to change a little bit. We made all the right adjustments.

“It is all about his guy that made the perfect set-up tonight. It was a blast to drive.”


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