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Logano had never led more than 20 laps in all of his 13 starts at Charlotte. That all changed on Sunday as he led a race-high 227 of the 334 laps to score his first win at Charlotte and the fourth of the season. Logano locked himself into the next round of the Chase.
Harvick never led a lap Sunday, but was Logano’s closest rival all day. He settled for second and is far from out of the title picture.
Martin Truex, Jr.
Truex does not have stellar record at Charlotte, which is why it was surprising that he showed up in third place when the checkered flag fell.
Hamlin never had the speed to contend, but while others were suffering disaster around him, he avoided trouble and came home in fourth.
Busch ran near the front in the first half of the race, dropped back near the midway point, but rallied back at the end for a nice fifth place finish.
Edwards looked strong at one point, but then struggled, dropping outside the top 15. He rallied back late, however, to finish sixth.
In his final race at Charlotte, Gordon never really had a chance to contend. He came on late and finished eighth, but spent must of the race outside the top 10.
Keselowski was breathing a sigh of relief while his Penske Racing teammate was celebrating his win. He struggled all race long and thought he might lose a tire late in the going, but Keselowski held on to finish ninth.
Newman started 10th and simply survived the day, finishing 15th. Without a good run in the next two races, Newman’s title hopes may be over.
Busch was a contender for the win most of the race, but contact with another driver near the halfway point left him with damage and with a 20th place finish. Busch can easily bounce back - look for him to redeem himself in the next two races.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt hit the wall on more than one occasion Sunday. He struggled to a 28th place finish and will need near perfection in the two upcoming races if he hopes to advance.
Kenseth was the class of the field for the first 72 laps, but a pit road miscue put him outside the top 10 and he never recovered. He would later crash and suffer a DNF, scoring 42nd. Kenseth still has great potential and is far from out of it.
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