Consider the bread sliced. Joey Logano, who earned the nickname ‘Sliced Bread’ when he burst onto the NASCAR scene as an 18 year old rookie in 2009, had just three career victories heading into this season. Saturday night under the lights at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Logano won his third race of this season, cementing his spot as a serious contender for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series Championship.
"What a year we're having," said Logano. "It's been so much fun and the past six or seven races have been unbelievable. We've been running up front and it's been so much fun."
Logano becomes the fourth driver to win three times in 2014. His teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second at Bristol, Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Jeff Gordon are the others on that list.
The most exciting/controversial moment of the night came on lap 161, when Kevin Harvick turned Denny Hamlin when the two were racing for the lead. The accident would also take out Earnhardt, Jr. Hamlin and Junior would finish 40th and 39th respectively. Harvick drove away relatively unscathed, other than the mark left by the HANS device Hamlin tossed at him in the after math. The 4 car finished 11th.
"Last year (Harvick) was just not paying attention and he didn't know that I had a cut tire last year and he just thinks he knows everything and probably thought he knew everything again,” said Hamlin. “I just wish I had some kind of car left so I could show him the favor back. We're not even halfway, we're racing for the lead -- it's a misjudgment. He's a good driver. He knows better, he just made a mistake."
It was an emotional night for Kansas native Clint Bowyer as well. The 15 car was involved in an accident on lap 125. He would fight back for a 17th place finish.
With two races left until the Chase for the Championship begins, Bowyer clings on to the 15th spot on the Chase grid. He holds a 31 point advantage over 17th place Kyle Larson.