Logano wins second straight Kansas Nationwide

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Kansas City, KS – Joey Logano outran his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch after two late-race restarts to win the Kansas Lottery 300 Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway for the second year in a row.

Logano, the pole sitter, passed Busch for the lead following a restart with six laps remaining. An accident involving Aric Almirola led to a two-lap shootout to the finish.

After the final restart, Logano pulled away from Busch and then drove to his second victory of the season and the eighth of his Nationwide career. He also became the first repeat race winner in the series at Kansas.

"It all came down to the restarts at the end, and we were at the right place at the right time and be able to bring it home," Logano said. "I'm lucky that caution came out to tighten it up, and it kind of worked out perfect for us."

One year ago, Busch dominated the Nationwide race at Kansas, but shortly after a late-race restart, Logano passed him for the lead with four laps to go and then held it for the win.

Logano finished 0.32 seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski, who passed Busch for second place on the final lap.

"We were just a little bit off the Gibbs' cars today," Keselowski said. "We had some great strategy today, raced our way up front and just didn't have enough to keep in front of them."

JGR has won the last three Nationwide races at Kansas. Denny Hamlin picked up the victory here in 2008. Logano's win at Kansas also allowed Toyota to clinch this year's manufacturers' championship in the series.

Busch, who led the most laps with 65, wound up finishing third.

"I knew we didn't have winning car going into the race, but I thought we had a shot at it there," Busch said. "We were way too tight on the last couple of restarts. It reminds me a lot of last year."

Last week at Dover, Busch set a record in NASCAR's second-tier series by claiming his 11th victory of the season. He broke the previous record of 10 wins in a season, originally set by Sam Ard in 1983 and then matched by Busch in 2008.

Kevin Harvick finished fourth, while Martin Truex Jr., who made his first Nationwide start this season, took the fifth spot.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier, Paul Menard, Brendan Gaughan and Jason Leffler completed the top-10.

Keselowski padded his lead to 374 points over Carl Edwards, who finished 14th. Just six races remain in the season.


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