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NASCAR: Logano wins as Harvick runs out of fuel

“What goes around, comes around, I guess,” said and elated Logano, who seven days earlier had endured the heartbreak of losing the Windows 10 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway while leading and running out of fuel with three laps remaining.”I am still just trying to catch my breath. I am really excited after that one.”
Logano said forcing Harvick to run out of fuel was almost part of his strategy during the late stages of the race.
“I was running down Harvick there for a little bit and, once I got close to him, he started to pick his pace a little bit, which was good because I needed him to run out of gas,” Logano said. “It makes up for last week. We lost the race, last week, the same way, so it makes up for it to get it this week.”
The misfortune of the day this week belonged to reigning series champion Harvick won looked headed for Victory Lane for the third time this year, but had his car run dry two turns from the finish line at the New York state race track.
Harvick led the race for 29 of the 90 laps, which was the most on the afternoon, and managed to hang on for third place in the Cheez-It 355. He did all he could to hold off Logano.
“I was running as fast as I needed to. Once the 22 (Logano’s car) got there, I had to pick up the pace,” said Harvick. “I thought I’d done a pretty good job saving fuel.”
Also benefiting from Harvick’s tough luck was Kyle Busch, who continued his incredible run on successful finishes as he tries to qualify for the Chase For the Sprint Cup after missing 11 races at the beginning of the season due to injuries suffered in an Xfinity race on Feb. 21, 2015. Busch, who is tied with Jimmie Johnson for the most win this year, was granted a dispensation by NASCAR that he could be part of the 16-car group fighting for the Sprint Cup title if he could finish the regular portion of the season in the Top 30 in the standings.
The four wins easily qualify Busch for the Chase, but he still must climb the ladder in the standings. After finishing second in the Cheez-It 355, Busch sits 30th in the driver standings. He now knows that finishing in the Top 30 in each race will get him into the Chase and that takes some of the pressure off the rest of the way.
“For us, being in the Top 30 right now, that obviously allows us to change our mindset maybe a little bit going forward,” Busch said. “Just an overall good day for us.”
Harvick maintains a grip on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings. Despite the win, Logano made up only four points on the leader and is now 42 off the pace. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third. Points are all but meaningless at this point in the season however. Points are reset at the end of the regular portion of the season and all 16 drivers start on level ground. Four races remain before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, on Sept. 20 in Chicago, and seven of the eight different winners of races to this point have secured their spots in the final 16-driver field in the hunt for the title. The eighth winner is Busch.
The Pure Michigan 400 is next on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule as drivers countdown to the Chase. The race runs on Aug. 16, 2015, at Michigan International Speedway.

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