Joey Logano Punches His Ticket to the Championship Final Four by Winning at Las Vegas

San Deago Union-Tribune

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Joey Logano battled Ross Chastain in the final laps of the NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and due to a tire change on a late caution to punch his ticket to the championship race at Phoenix Raceway in November.  Chastain, who led a race-high 68 laps, pushed to the front in the race’s final stage and built leads up to two seconds as the final miles approached, but Logano gained on him steadily over the last 10 laps and made the winning pass with relative ease. Logano becomes the first driver to fill one of the spots in the Championship Four. Three other drivers will earn the opportunity to race for the title in the next two weeks before the tour arrives at Phoenix Raceway the first weekend of November to decide the championship.

“Man, what a great car,” Logano said. “Penske cars were all fast. All of them were really fast today. Oh, man, all you want to do is get to the Championship Four when the season starts and race for a championship, and we’ve got the team to do it. I don’t see why we can’t win at this point.”

“Racing Ross was fun. He was doing a good job air-blocking me, and I was just trying to be patient, and eventually, I was like, ‘I’ve got to go here.’ Just great to win out here in Vegas again, and it means so much getting to the championship.”

Chastain, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin sit above the cutline after Sunday’s race. Below the cutline are William Byron, Chase Briscoe, Blaney and Christopher Bell.

The final laps of the race had plenty of action.  Chastain had a one-second lead over second place Blaney on lap 228 when Blaney lost control of his Ford and hit the outside wall, slid across the track and hit the inside wall. Blaney returned to the track with considerable damage. Twelve laps later, Daniel Suarez, running in fourth, lost control of his car, came down the track and slid onto the infield grass, causing the day’s seventh caution.

Early on, two drivers out of the championship race had quite a dust-up.  A major crash and post-crash altercation occurred on lap 95 as Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace tangled in Turn 4. Larson moved up the track and pushed Wallace into the outside wall. Wallace came down the track and hit Larson, sending both cars spinning. Larson’s car clipped the Toyota of Bell, damaging it and eliminating Bell from the race.  Wallace almost ran to Larson after the altercation.  Wallace was seen yelling at him and then pushing him several times before walking away.

“It is what it is,” Larson said.” It was Just aggression turned into frustration and he retaliated. I think with everything that’s been going on here lately, with head injuries, fractured ligaments and all that, I don’t think it’s probably the right thing to do. We’ve all done it – maybe not all of us – but I have. I’ve let the emotions get the best of me before, too. I know he’s probably still upset. I’m sure with everything going, he’ll know that he made a mistake in the retaliation part and I’m sure he’ll think twice about that next time.”

The race’s first caution appeared with three laps left in the first stage as Kyle Busch lost control of his car exiting Turn 4, sliding into the outside wall and then onto the infield grass. Busch came back to finish third, behind Logano and Chastain. Briscoe was fourth and Hamlin fifth.

Wallace won the first stage and Blaney the second stage.

Unofficial Results: 5th Annual South Point 400: Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Oct. 16. 2022
Fin, St, Driver, Car, Laps , St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 5, Joey Logano (P), No. 22 Pennzoil Ford, 267, 2, 2, 2, 32, 5, 58, Running
2) 11, Ross Chastain (P), No. 1 Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet, 267, , 4, 4, 68, , 42, Running
3) 18, Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Toyota, 267, , 10, , , , 35, Running
4) 16, Chase Briscoe (P), No. 14 Code 3 Associates Ford, 267, , , 1, 6, , 33, Running
5) 31, Denny Hamlin (P), No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 267, , 5, 1, 5, , 38, Running
6) 1, Tyler Reddick, No. 8 ALSCO Chevrolet, 267, 9, , 2, 32, , 33, Running
7) 27, Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 267, 8, 8, , , , 36, Running
8) 22, Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 267, , , , , , 29, Running
9) 21, AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 Celsius Chevrolet, 267, , , , , , 0, Running
10) 10, Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet, 267, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 17, Noah Gragson(i), No. 48 Ally/Koker's Garage Chevrolet, 267, , , , , , 0, Running
12) 13, Kevin Harvick, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford, 267, , 7, , , , 29, Running
13) 3, William Byron (P), No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 267, 10, 6, , , , 30, Running
14) 28, Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 267, , , 1, 16, , 23, Running
15) 12, Chris Buescher, No. 17 Castrol Ford, 267, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 6, Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Kid Rock's Honky Tonk Chevrolet, 267, 3, 3, 3, 31, , 37, Running
17) 25, Brad Keselowski, No. 6 King's Hawaiian Ford, 267, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 23, Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 267, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 15, Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 267, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 24, Cole Custer, No. 41 Feeding America/Wow Wow Ford, 267, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 20, Chase Elliott (P), No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet, 267, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 19, Ty Gibbs(i), No. 23 MoneyLion Toyota, 267, , , , , , 0, Running
23) 29, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kona Brewing Co Big Wave Chevrolet, 267, , , 1, 1, , 14, Running
24) 30, Corey LaJoie, No. 7 OpTic Gaming Chevrolet, 267, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 35, Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 Ruedebusch Dev. & Construction Ford, 267, , , , , , 12, Running
26) 8, Harrison Burton #, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 266, , , , , , 11, Running
27) 34, Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT UBCF Ford, 264, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 4, Ryan Blaney (P), No. 12 Menards/Knauf Ford, 260, 5, 1, 1, 39, 1, 25, Running
29) 2, Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Autotrader Ford, 259, 6, 9, 2, 8, , 15, Running
30) 36, BJ McLeod(i), No. 78 Pala Casino Spa Resort Ford, 256, , , , , , 0, Running
31) 26, JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 ConectUS Kyocera Ford, 253, , , , , , 0, Running
32) 32, Landon Cassill(i), No. 77 Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet, 246, , , , , , 0, Accident
33) 33, Ty Dillon, No. 42 Lucky 29 Vodka Chevrolet, 237, , , , , , 4, Suspension
34) 7, Christopher Bell (P), No. 20 Rheem - Opteon Toyota, 94, 4, , , , , 10, DVP
35) 14, Kyle Larson (P), No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 94, 7, , , , , 6, Accident
36) 9, Bubba Wallace, No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 94, 1, , 1, 29, 1, 11, Accident
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs

Length: 267 Laps - 400.5 Miles
Time: 3 Hrs, 4 Mins, 10 Secs.
Average Speed: 130.48 MPH
Margin of Victory: .817 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 45, 22, 99, 20, 12, 2, 5, 19, 8, 24
Stage 2 Top 10: 12, 22, 99, 1, 11, 24, 4, 19, 2, 18

Comments: Joey Logano won the fifth running of the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his 30th victory in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Prior to the start, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: None.

Cautions: 8 for 42 laps;
Laps: 79-85 (No. 18 Spin Turn 4/Stage 1 Conclusion [14]);
96-102 (No. 45, 20, 5 Incident Frontstretch [23]);
104-107 (No. 47, 14 Incident Frontstetch [17]);
167-171 (Stage 2 Conclusion [38]);
195-199 (No. 15 Spin Turn 4 [17]);
229-232 (No. 12 Incident Turn 2 [47]);
241-245 (No. 99 Spin Turn 4 [None]);
247-251 (No. 77 Spin Turn 4 [21]).

Lead Changes: 18 among 11 drivers;
T. Reddick 1;
A. Cindric # 2;
T. Reddick 3-33;
A. Cindric # 34-40;
R. Stenhouse Jr. 41;
D. Suarez 42-56;
B. Wallace 57-85;
D. Suarez 86-96;
R. Chastain (P) 97;
D. Hamlin (P) 98-102;
D. Suarez 103-107;
R. Chastain (P) 108-128;
R. Blaney (P) 129-167;
J. Logano (P) 168-196;
R. Chastain (P) 197-229;
J. Haley 230-245;
C. Briscoe (P) 246-251;
R. Chastain (P) 252-264;
J. Logano (P) 265-267.

Unofficial Points Report: 5th Annual South Point 400 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Pos) Driver, Car, Starts, GL, Points, Ldr, Nxt, Race Wins, Stage Wins, Playoff Pts
1) Chase Elliott (P), 9, 33, 0, 4046, 0, 0, 5, 6, 46
2) Joey Logano (P), 22, 33, 3, 4026, -20, 20, 3, 6, 26
3) Ross Chastain (P), 1, 33, 0, 4021, -25, 5, 2, 6, 21
4) Christopher Bell (P), 20, 33, 7, 4018, -28, 3, 2, 4, 18
5) Ryan Blaney (P), 12, 33, -3, 4015, -31, 3, 0, 7, 15
6) William Byron (P), 24, 33, 1, 4015, -31, 0, 2, 4, 15
7) Denny Hamlin (P), 11, 33, -3, 4013, -33, 2, 2, 3, 13
8) Chase Briscoe (P), 14, 33, 1, 4009, -37, 4, 1, 4, 9
9) Kyle Larson (P), 5, 33, -3, 2200, -1846, 1809, 2, 4, 20
10) Daniel Suarez, 99, 33, -2, 2162, -1884, 38, 1, 2, 7
11) Austin Cindric #, 2, 33, -1, 2154, -1892, 8, 1, 1, 6
12) Tyler Reddick, 8, 33, 1, 2153, -1893, 1, 3, 2, 17
13) Austin Dillon, 3, 33, 1, 2134, -1912, 19, 1, 0, 5
14) Kyle Busch, 18, 33, 1, 2123, -1923, 11, 1, 3, 10
15) Alex Bowman, , 30, -3, 2104, -1942, 19, 1, 2, 7
16) Kevin Harvick, 4, 33, 0, 2006, -2040, 98, 2, 0, 12
17) Martin Truex Jr, 19, 33, 0, 900, -3146, 1106, 0, 7, 0
18) Erik Jones, 43, 33, 0, 753, -3293, 147, 1, 0, 5
19) Bubba Wallace, 45, 33, 0, 708, -3338, 45, 1, 1, 5
20) Aric Almirola, 10, 33, 0, 685, -3361, 23, 0, 0, 0
21) Chris Buescher, 17, 32, 0, 652, -3394, 33, 1, 0, 5
22) Justin Haley, 31, 33, 0, 647, -3399, 5, 0, 0, 0
23) Michael McDowell, 34, 33, 0, 592, -3454, 55, 0, 0, 0
24) Brad Keselowski, 6, 33, 0, 564, -3482, 28, 0, 1, 1
25) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, 47, 33, 1, 524, -3522, 40, 0, 0, 0
26) Harrison Burton #, 21, 33, 2, 501, -3545, 23, 0, 0, 0
27) Cole Custer, 41, 33, -2, 500, -3546, 1, 0, 0, 0
28) Ty Dillon, 42, 33, 2, 486, -3560, 14, 0, 0, 0
29) Kurt Busch, , 20, -2, 485, -3561, 1, 1, 2, 0
30) Todd Gilliland #, 38, 33, -1, 481, -3565, 4, 0, 0, 0
31) Corey LaJoie, 7, 33, 0, 404, -3642, 77, 0, 0, 0
32) Cody Ware, 51, 32, 0, 276, -3770, 128, 0, 0, 0
33) David Ragan, , 4, 0, 89, -3957, 187, 0, 0, 0
34) Joey Hand, , 6, 0, 64, -3982, 25, 0, 0, 0
35) Greg Biffle, , 5, 0, 24, -4022, 40, 0, 0, 0
36) Jacques Villeneuve, , 1, 0, 15, -4031, 9, 0, 0, 0
37) Mike Rockenfeller, , 2, 2, 15, -4031, 0, 0, 0, 0
38) Boris Said, , 1, -1, 11, -4035, 4, 0, 0, 0
39) Kyle Tilley, , 2, -1, 8, -4038, 3, 0, 0, 0
40) Conor Daly, , 1, 22, 3, -4043, 5, 0, 0, 0
41) Kimi Raikkonen, , 1, 0, 1, -4045, 2, 0, 0, 0
42) AJ Allmendinger(i), 16, 15, 0, 0, -4046, 1, 0, 0, 0
43) Landon Cassill(i), 77, 14, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
44) Noah Gragson(i), 48, 16, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
45) BJ McLeod(i), 78, 26, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
46) Daniel Hemric(i), , 8, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
47) Ty Gibbs(i), 23, 13, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
48) Josh Bilicki(i), , 16, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
49) Zane Smith(i), , 1, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
50) Austin Hill(i), , 1, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
51) Garrett Smithley(i), , 5, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
52) JJ Yeley(i), 15, 17, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
53) Kaz Grala(i), , 3, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
54) Josh Williams(i), , 3, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
55) Ryan Preece(i), , 2, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
56) Justin Allgaier(i), , 2, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
57) Parker Kligerman(i), , 1, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
58) Loris Hezemans(i), , 5, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
59) Scott Heckert(i), , 1, 0, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
60) Daniil Kvyat, , 3, -20, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
61) Andy Lally(i), , 1, -1, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
62) Timmy Hill(i), , 0, -1, 0, -4046, 0, 0, 0, 0
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs

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