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Second-straight Bristol win for Logano

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BRISTOL, Tenn.—As Joey Logano circled Bristol Motor Speedway, he’d briefly glance in the mirror to watch Kevin Harvick.

Logano had taken the lead on a restart with 64 laps to go but Harvick was closing in by using a completely different line.

Refusing to get rattled, Logano stuck to what worked for him Saturday and won the Bristol night race for the second-straight year.

“It was kind of interesting to watch it in the mirror, I was watching him drive in and I was like, ‘He’s going to get me eventually,’” said Logano.

“It was a very exciting last 20, 30 laps, for sure, and neat to be able to get a checkered flag again here at Bristol,” he added.

Logano has won on a superspeedway in the Daytona 500, on the road course at Watkins Glen, and now Bristol’s short track.

He has won twice this month as he readies for the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

There are two more races before the playoffs begin.

“We are hitting it at the right time, that’s for sure,” Logano said. “I feel like we are right where we need to be.

“I can’t wait for the ‘Chase’ to start.”

Logano led 176 laps—second only to Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch, who led a race-high 192 laps.

“Our team just executed,” Logano said. “That’s what we did and that’s what we do every week.

“We just try to keep our heads calm and cool, and just run our race.”

Harvick finished second for the 10th time this season.

The reigning Sprint Cup champ has a career-best 17 top-five finishes this year and had his 250th career top-10 finish in 526 starts.

“Obviously, you want to win races,” Harvick said. “But we’re in position and feel like we can get that momentum swing at any point.

“Just really excited to be able to run like this at Bristol,” he added.

“This hasn’t been notoriously my best racetrack.”

Many believed JGR would pick up its 10th win of the season, particularly after Denny Hamlin, Busch, and Carl Edwards swept the top three spots in qualifying.

Then Busch won Friday night’s Xfinity Series race.

Although Busch dominated early, he had faded a bit as the laps clicked off. Then he was hit with a speeding penalty on the final round of pit stops and finished eighth.

Edwards led 74 laps but had a tire go flat when he was out front and it cost him two laps.

“Damn,” Edwards said on his radio.

He wound up finishing seventh.

Matt Kenseth, the winner for JGR in the spring race at the track, had no chance to sweep the season.

An engine issue 177 laps into the race ended his night.

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