By Sarah Tonsmeire
Chase contenders who were having strong runs today spent the majority of the race chasing down Joey Logano, while a few key contenders raced against the clock. Pole Sitter Matt Kenseth was dominant out of the chute, leading over seventy laps early in the race. But after losing several spots in track position, Kenseth found himself in the garage for repairs after contact with Ryan Newman and later contact with the outside wall. Kenseth was not able to recover and finish on the lead lap.
Kenseth was not the only driver to suffer frustrating damage. Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself with major damage after making contact with the outside wall on three different occasions. He also failed to finish on the lead lap.
While running well in third place, Kyle Busch found himself in quite the predicament when his car collided with Kyle Larson’s while attempting to fake an entrance to pit road. Busch was not able to gain any ground that he lost from the damage sustained in that accident.
Similar to Kevin Harvick’s run at Dover International Speedway last weekend, Joey Logano dominated the postponed Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Winning restart after restart, Logano led 227 of the 334 laps of the race. In addition to a victory, Logano ensured that he will be one of the final eight Chase Contenders.
“Obviously getting this win at Charlotte means a lot. You know, I think it’s on everyone’s bucket list to win here mainly because everyone’s race team is here,” Logano said.
The Bank of America 500 was Logano’s fourth win of the season, but first at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He leaves Charlotte with the lead over the Chase standings. Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.