Joey Logano Ties Dale Earnhardt Jr in Illustrious List with latest NASCAR win at Kansas

Published 10/20/2020, 8:52 AM EDT
Oct 18, 2020; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) leads the field during the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


On Sunday, Joey Logano sealed his berth in the next playoff round with a win at Kansas. In the process, he took his 26th win, tying him with the likes of NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt Jr and Fred Lorenzen in 31st.

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Of course, nothing came easy for the driver, as he had to fend off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick. Harvick eventually ran out of laps and had to settle for 2nd. Admittedly, he had the faster car, but Joey Logano put up a very robust defense.

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It also helped that the Team Penske pit crew was extremely alert and pulled off a lightning-fast pit stop. This culminated in Logano grabbing the lead and later getting the jump on Harvick. From there, there was no looking back, as the #4 driver tried in vain to attack for the lead and victory.

Some were not happy with the way Joey Logano won

Sadly, Logano’s victory did not come without its criticisms. Some fans blamed the 2020 racing package for preventing an epic battle with Kevin Harvick. While they praised his on-track performance, they found fault with the cars’ aerodynamic setup.

It is also worth noting that some fans tried to use it as an effort to diminish Logano’s achievement. Whatever their feelings about the win, it does not take away the fact that this win clinched a berth in the championship four.

Oct 18, 2020; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) celebrates after winning the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

However, Kevin Harvick sang praises about Logano’s driving style and defensive capabilities. He insisted that Logano is adept at close-quarter racing. However, not many drivers are fans of that thing.

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Speaking of Harvick, he was the race leader for a fairly long time, 85 laps, to be precise. When the caution period ended, Joey Logano took capital advantage and lead the race when it counted. Although Kevin Harvick did his best to hunt him down, Logano held firm and took the checkered flag.

Now, the onus is on Kevin Harvick and the six other playoff drivers to snatch the remaining three spots in the finals. They will have the opportunity to do so in Texas and Martinsville.

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