Oil-dry on the inside lane didn’t prevent Joey Logano from dropping to the inside of the track on the final restart of Sunday’s race, looking as if he were about to take race winner Kevin Harvick and runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. three-wide into the first corner.
But Harvick was able to clear Logano and Earnhardt and pulled away to win the race.
“It’s all about the win, right?” said Logano, who finished fourth after losing the third spot to teammate Brad Keselowski. “Really, third place doesn’t mean anything. Last year, you may have taken third place and taken the points.
“This year (with a win all but guaranteeing a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup), hey, go for it. Overall, the Shell Pennzoil Ford was fast, just not as fast as the 4 car (Harvick). It said ‘Freaky Fast’ (on the side of the car, for sponsor Jimmy John’s), and it wasn’t lying—that’s for sure. We had nothing for him.”