MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Talladega Superspeedway – Talladega, Alabama
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Race Winner: Joey Logano
Team: No. 22 – Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford
Owner: Team Penske
Crew Chief: Todd Gordon
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “I guess we got luck. I have a great spotter. Dale Jr. left me a good one with T.J. Majors who allowed me to make the right decisions. He gives me the picture behind me and tells me where to go. I just hold the steering wheel and make the right moves. It was a great car, very fast. The Fords dominated today. I am so proud to be in a Blue Oval with Roush Yates motors under the hood. That is a huge deal. A big part of our victory today. Teamwork was a big part of it as well. At the end you are racing and don’t know what will happen, you just hope to get in the right lanes at the right time with the right moves. It is always exciting to win at a superspeedway, especially Talladega because you never know you’ve got it until you cross the line. After waiting a full year since our last win it feels so good to get back in victory lane and get our 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford into the playoffs. It feels really good to get those playoff points and now we will make a run at a championship.”
-- Joey Logano
Joey Logano won the 49th annual GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday afternoon. For Logano, it was his 19th win in 337 career MENCS starts and his first this year.
It was his first win since April 30 of last year at Richmond.
With the win Logano qualifies for the 16-driver 2018 MENCS playoff field which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Sunday’s victory marked Logano’s ninth top-10 finish in 10 MENCS races this year.
It was Logano’s third win in 19 career MENCS races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Kurt Busch finished second while Chase Elliott finished third. For Elliott it was his third top-3 finish in the last seven races and his second in-a-row.
Brad Keselowski won Stage 1 of today’s race while Paul Menard took Stage 2.
Bubba Wallace (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
With wins to their credit this year, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano have clinched spots in the 2018 MENCS playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In nine career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Joey Logano has finished in the top-10 four times and the top-5 twice. He was a part of the Championship 4 in both 2014 and 2016.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Spencer Gallagher won the 27th annual Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. It was his first victory in 49 career NXS starts.
Gallagher’s previous best finish was a fifth-place showing on April 14 of this year at Bristol. It was his fifth top-10 finish in nine NXS races this year.
Brandon Jones finished second while Justin Allgaier was third. It was Allagier’s sixth top-10 finish and fifth in the top-5 in nine NXS races this year.
With wins to their credit this season, rookie Tyler Reddick, Ryan Preece, Christopher Bell and Spencer Gallagher have clinched a spot in the NXS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) was off this weekend. They will return to action on Friday May 4 with the JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway.
With wins this year, NCWTS regulars Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt have secured spots in the NCWTS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race on Friday, November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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