Joey Logano drove to victory in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday, becoming the first NASCAR competitor to claim a spot in the eight-driver Eliminator round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Team Chevy’s Kevin Harvick also posted another strong finish after winning at Dover last week, slotting in behind Logano in second.
The victory was a dominant one for Logano, with the No. 22 Ford Fusion driver leading 227 of 334 laps in the 500-mile competition. Despite Harvick being the defending Sprint Cup champ, Logano’s flawless drive ensured he finished a comfortable distance ahead of the ever-competitive No. 4 Chevrolet SS driver.
“I think everyone saw how fast he was last week and it probably made a lot of people nervous, but our team kept their heads up and stayed confident,” Logano told NASCAR.com. “We know we can beat them. We know we’ve got what we need over here, and our team is as tight-knit as they get.
In behind Harvick was fellow Team Chevy driver Martin Truex Jr., followed by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch. The other Busch brother wasn’t as lucky, getting caught up in a weird collision with Kyle Larson after changing his mind about entering pit road under caution. He would end up 20th, making a strong result at next week’s round at Kansas crucial.
The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas will kick off Sunday, October 18 at 2:15 p.m. Click here for full results from the Bank of America 500, and here for a full schedule of next weekend’s NASCAR festivities.