Joey Logano crossed the line first this weekend in the second Chase race of the season. His very first sprint cup race was won at New Hampshire but on average he has not done that well but this weekend he secured his place in the next section of the Chase with a victory. This means that both Team Penske racers have progressed through with Brad Keselowski winning last week in Dover.
The race was an exciting one with 15 cautions which made New Hampshire history. It was only with 20 laps to go that Joey Logano took the lead, passing Kevin Harvick and held on to it despite three more restarts.
Logano admitted afterwards that he felt that he was not going to win at one stage. On lap 247 his crew called him in for a full tyre change and he entered back in the middle of the group but his fresh tyres meant that he could get back to the front and he also did well in the restarts. Harvick thought that he accelerated too quickly in these but in the end he slipped down to third place. Kyle Larson took third place and Jamie McMurray fourth with Jimmie Johnson in fifth. Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Brian Vickers made up the rest of the top ten.
Two drivers will be knocked out after next weekend’s race from the contenders for the Sprint Cup. At the moment Brad Keselowski is at the top followed by Joey Logano and with their wins, they have secured their places. Underneath them are Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. Although the points are tight all the way from top to bottom, these are most likely to qualify. In the bottom half are the drivers who need to worry they are Carl Edwards, AJ Allemendinger, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola. Those right at the bottom will be under the most pressure to go for a win next weekend.