Joey Logano continued his weekend of second-place finishes after coming home in the runner-up position in his No. 22 Pennzoil Ford Fusion on Sunday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Logano qualified second on Friday evening – a day that saw him time in second in each of the three qualifying sessions and in practice that morning – and race in the top three nearly all race long. He took the lead for the first time on lap 44, getting around the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson and pacing the field for several more circuits. Logano only slipped outside the top three on two occasions during the afternoon, both coming after a round of pit stops where other drivers took two tires while Logano took four all day long. Even when starting in the back-half of the top-10, Logano would race his way back to the front quickly. Logano would lead the race on seven occasions for 72 laps. Late in the race, while running out front, Logano got passed by Kyle Busch. As he settled into second, Logano began to run Busch down while also trying to hold off teammate Brad Keselowski. Keselowski eventually got by and went on to win the race, while Logano passed Busch coming to the line to earn Team Penske a one-two finish. Logano’s first top-five of the season moved him up to fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, just 11 points behind Busch.

“We had a good car. We led a lot of laps. Brad was just really good on the long run. He was able to beat me in the bottom of three and four and maintaining that turn and being able to drive up underneath guys. Congratulations to Brad and also for Team Penske getting a 1-2 finish. That is what we set out to do every week. I am proud of what we did. Gosh, we finished second so many times, Daytona and qualifying. You are so close and want it so bad but I am so proud of the Pennzoil boys here with everything they did all week. I know we are only three races in but I am getting antsy. We have good speed in our cars, we will be alright. We will go get them next week.”

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