MADISON, Sick. — Joey Logano jockeyed for the lead with Kyle Busch in additional time, acquired round him for good simply earlier than the white flag flew and cruised to the victory Sunday within the NASCAR Cup Sequence debut at World Broad Expertise Raceway.
Logano made it a banner day for Staff Penske, which gained the IndyCar race with Will Power earlier within the day in Detroit.
“It would not get a lot better than that, racing for the lead like that with Kyle, the most effective, crossing one another forwards and backwards,” Logano stated. “I knew it was coming. I did it to him. I knew he was going to do it to me.”
Kurt Busch completed second with Logano’s teammate, Ryan Blaney, fourth and Aric Almirola in fifth in a wild race that contained loads of drama involving Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott deeper within the area.
Chastain acquired into each of them at totally different factors, resulting in a sequence of on-track retaliations.
“It was horrible driving,” Chastain stated afterward. “It is one factor to do it as soon as. I saved driving into guys. At this stage I’ve to be higher than that. It is a disgrace. I had all these individuals believing in me. They deserve higher.”
By the top, Logano had watched Kyle Busch drive away from him on a restart with 13 laps remaining, then acquired one other likelihood when Kevin Harvick crashed with 5 to go. That led to a green-white-checkered end on the 1¼-mile hairpin east of St. Louis, and Busch selected the surface lane as Logano drove his No. 22 automobile to the within as soon as once more.
This time it was Logano that gained the drag race to Flip 1 and moved up in entrance of Busch, who crossed him over and took the lead into the sweeping third and fourth turns. That is the place Logano went low and pulled forward, gaining the house he wanted to tug away when Busch acquired just a little sideways popping out of Flip 4.
The primary Cup Sequence race at World Broad Expertise Raceway, nestled simply throughout the Mississippi River from the Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis, produced an exciting throwback to the early years of NASCAR, when tempers within the automobiles ran simply as scorching because the temperature exterior — it soared over 90 levels Fahrenheit within the solar.
Chastain had lots to do with it.
The difficulty for the eighth-generation watermelon farmer started in Stage 2, when Chastain ran up on Hamlin’s rear finish popping out of the hairpin first and second turns and despatched the No. 11 into the surface wall.
Hamlin spent the remainder of the afternoon attempting to get even: He almost drove Chastain down onto the grass down the again stretch, then slowed to a crawl across the observe and almost saved him from making the minimal pace.
“It is good he takes accountability however finally it ruined our day,” Hamlin stated. “I feel we had been racing arduous there for some time on the within. He tried to maintain sliding up in entrance of us and wasn’t in a position to as a result of i wasn’t keen to only again off and let him slide up entrance. It did not take lengthy earlier than he tucked behind us that he wrecked us.”
Hamlin had some help, too. Chastain acquired into Elliott’s quarter panel later within the stage, spinning him out. And when the race resumed, Elliott almost nudged Chastain into the wall earlier than Hamlin took a swipe at him.
All of the drama saved a sellout crowd of greater than 60,000 on their toes within the blistering afternoon solar.
Chastain wound up ending seventh, Elliott was twenty first and Hamlin completed 11 laps down in thirty fourth place.
FRONT TO BACK
AJ Allmendinger gained the Xfinity race Saturday in Portland, Oregon, then flew to St. Louis to begin on the rear of the sector Sunday. Ben Rhodes was alleged to qualify his No. 15 for Kaulig Racing however crashed in Flip 3 throughout apply and didn’t make an try. Allmendinger drove by the sector to complete tenth.
Zane Smith, who was ninth within the Truck Sequence race Saturday, made his Cup Sequence debut instead of Chris Buescher, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 earlier within the week. Smith drove the No. 17 to a Seventeenth-place end for RFK Racing.
Martin Truex Jr. grew to become the thirty second driver to make 600 begins within the Cup Sequence when he took the inexperienced flag. His first got here at Atlanta on Oct. 31, 2004, for Dale Earnhardt Inc. The 2017 sequence champion completed sixth in Sunday’s race.
The Cup Sequence heads to the street course at Sonoma in California’s wine nation subsequent Sunday earlier than taking every week off.