WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 6, 2016) -- Joey Logano is off to a fast start at Watkins Glen International – again.
With a win in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen, the 26-year-old Connecticut native is halfway to a second straight sweep of races of the historic circuit, thanks to a dominant performance and a tire issue that ended teammate Brad Keselowski’s late-race bid.
“It was a lot of fun racing with Brad today,” Logano said in Gatorade Victory Lane. “What an awesome win for Penske today. This has been a long time coming for the XFINITY team and I’m just so happy for them.”
For Team Penske, it was, surprisingly, first XFINITY Series win of the 2016 season. Logano led 67 laps en route to his 26th series win. Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch challenged for the lead in the early stages of the 82-lap race, but was forced to retire after recurring splitter issues and damage from his involvement in a nine-car incident that brought the race to a halt for a brief red flag. The crash also collected Todd Bodine, Ryan Sieg, Bubba Wallace, Blake Koch, JJ Yeley, Tomy Drissi, Nicolas Hammann, and Scott Heckert.
Paul Menard, who passed Keselowski with seven laps to go, finished second. He was followed by Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, and Trevor Bayne.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It™ 355 rounds out the weekend of racing from Watkins Glen International on Sunday, with the green flag scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EST. Tickets for Sunday’s action at The Glen are available at the track's ticket office, located at Gate 4A just off of County Route 16. The race will be broadcast LIVE on USA Network beginning at 2:00 p.m. EST.
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