Joey Logano, not known as a road racer, now has a victory at Watkins Glen International.
Logano, who started from the pole, held off Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski to win the Zippo 200 Xfinity race. Xfinity points leader Chris Buescher was third, followed by road course specialist Boris Said and Ty Dillon.
Dillon and Regan Smith got into a post-race argument and the two had to be physically separated. Dillon caused Smith to wreck earlier in the race.
“There’s zero chance of that 3 car winning the championship. I’ll make sure of it,” Smith said of Dillon’s driving.
Logano had never won at Watkins Glen in either the Xfinity or Sprint Cup series.
Kenny Habul’s Toyota was hit hard in heavy traffic while running eighth late in the race. That brought out the caution. Damage was serious enough that NASCAR stopped the race with a red flag with five laps remaining.
Brendan Gaughan was looking to pass Habul and the angle he took caused Habul to spin and eventually be hit by Ryan Reed.
Logano drives through the field, overtaking teammate Keselowski for the lead with 33 laps remaining.
Three who mattered
Joey Logano: This was his first Watkins Glen victory.
Regan Smith: His spinout with about 18 laps remaining brought out the caution flag, tightening the field just as Logano was pulling away.
Paul Menard: His Chevrolet seemed to be the only car that could compete with Team Penske during long green-flag runs.
▪ A gas can on pit road is quite the dangerous obstacle. That happened as Logano pulled out of his pit before his gas man freed the can from the tank opening.
▪ One of the little oddities to Watkins Glen International: the cars and the crew come together on pit stops in the opposite directions from how they do on ovals.
▪ There were numerous penalties assessed throughout the race for pit-stop violations, mostly speeding or driving through too many pit boxes.
They said it
“I could read his water temp.” – Brendan Gaughan, joking about how close his and Kenny Habul’s cars were right before Habul’s late crash.
Three tweets from Saturday’s race:
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