Logano already in Eliminator Round; Kes wins his way in RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize Brad Keselowski 's chances of advancing to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup appeared to take a hit when he was involved in a Lap 59 wreck that brought out the first caution of the day during Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway . But the 2012 Sprint Cup champion serged late on the second of two green-white-checkered finish attempts to win the GEICO 500 and race his way into the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Keselowski was running with the lead pack when Jamie McMurray suffered a cut left-rear tire that ignited a chain reaction. McMurray got into Keselowski and Michael McDowell , and sent Keselowski's Team Penske teammate Joey Logano spinning into the infield. Keselowski suffered minor damage and took four tires in the ensuing pit stop, and his crew took a long look at his damage. Logano fell a lap back at the time but already advanced to the Eliminator Round after winning at Kansas. He finished the race in 11th place. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Jamie McMurray gets loose and hits Brad Keselowski, also causing Joey Logano to wreck bringing out the first caution at Talladega.
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Team Penske driver admits he had no idea what was happening post-race MORE: Full coverage of Charlotte incident RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize MARTINSVILLE, Va. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano said he had no idea what was going on when he saw teammate Brad Keselowski and fellow driver Matt Kenseth involved in a physical altercation Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "I didn't know what to think," Logano , driver of the Team Penske No. 22 Ford said Tuesday after testing at Martinsville Speedway . "I didn't know what it was about, I guess, at first. Not until later on when I got back to the hauler and watched it on TV and figured out what everyone was mad about. "You're focused on your own thing; you don't know what's going on. "But I did stop and watch it (on the track's giant video screen) because I was interested in what the deal was." Kenseth, Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart were all involved in separate incidents following the race either while heading to pit road or once they had entered the garage area. Earlier Tuesday, NASCAR announced fines of $50,000 for Keselowski and $25,000 for Stewart for their actions. Both drivers were also placed on probation through Nov. 12. Kenseth and Hamlin, teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing , were not fined. Keselowski clipped the rear of Hamlin's car on the cool-down lap, then struck Kenseth's car on the driver’s side after Kenseth had dropped his window net and begun unhooking his safety equipment. When Keselowski unintentionally hit the back of Stewart's car after making contact with Kenseth, Stewart backed up and hit the No. 2 Ford, damaging its front end. Hamlin appeared to follow Keselowski into the garage as the two cut through the covered bay areas, then attempted to confront the driver once they climbed out of their cars. Team members quickly ushered Hamlin into his hauler. Moments later, Keselowski was walking between haulers when Kenseth chased him down and grabbed him from behind. Crews from both teams eventually became involved in the altercation before order was restored. Keselowski, who was also participating in the Martinsville test, chose not to discuss the incident or NASCAR's reaction Tuesday, saying he wanted to focus on the test. Logano , a winner in each segment of NASCAR’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup so far, took a light-hearted approach when asked what kind of message NASCAR's penalties delivered. "You look at what happened and say, 'OK, I can't do that. Who got fined the most and who got fined a little bit? OK you can’'t do that (either),' " he said. "I'm not here to (pass) judgment on what happened. But as a driver you kind of know where the lines are, but heat of the moment you kind of forget where those lines are. That's why a lot of time it’s better to talk about stuff a couple of days later instead of in the heat of the moment like that. But, he added, "It makes it entertaining for everyone." Logano and Kevin Harvick , winners of the first two races in the Contender Round, are guaranteed to be two of the eight drivers that will advance into the Eliminator Round with their victories. The remaining six positions will be determined following Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (ESPN, 2 p.m. ET) . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Johnson, Earnhardt Jr. and Keselowski among those involved in incidents MORE: Full race results " Updated series standings RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- In a race that saw Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup favorites Jimmie Johnson , Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr . fall by the wayside, Joey Logano earned a ticket to the Eliminator Round of the Chase with a hard-fought victory in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway . Logano beat rookie Kyle Larson to the finish line by .480 seconds to notch his fifth victory of the season, tied with Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski for most in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year. The win was Logano ’s first at Kansas and the eighth of his career. Kyle Busch ran third, posting his first-ever top-five at a track that has plagued him mercilessly in races past. Martin Truex Jr . came home fourth, posting his first top-five of the season and his second consecutive top-10. Carl Edwards was fifth, with fellow Chase drivers Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin right behind him in sixth and seventh, respectively. Logano can now enjoy the next two races at Charlotte and Talladega worry-free, assured of earning one of the eight spots in the Eliminator Round. “It makes Talladega a lot easier, that is for sure,” Logano said. “To know we are onto the next round, we can focus on a few more races coming up, and we’ll keep trying to capitalize like we’re doing. ... “It’s so much fun to race these cars lately. Everyone at Team Penske has given me great stuff to work with. It’s awesome to be back in Victory Lane again. I felt we had a good car all weekend, but I wasn’t 100-percent sure; but once that top (lane of the race track) opened up, it just took off.” Clobbered in a Lap 85 wreck also involving Greg Biffle , Justin Allgaier and Josh Wise , Johnson finished 40th, matching his worst result ever in a Chase race (2005 at Homestead) and faces an uphill battle toward a possible record-tying seventh series championship. Johnson goes to Charlotte next Sunday last among the 12 remaining Chase drivers, 27 points behind teammate Jeff Gordon in eighth place. Two weeks hence, at Talladega, the Chase field will be cut from 12 to eight drivers. Earnhardt led 45 laps before a flat right front tire sent him hard into the Turn 4 wall on Lap 122 of 267 while leading the race. Earnhardt limped home in 39th place and dropped to 11th in the Chase standings, 25 points behind Gordon, who salvaged a 14th place finish despite hitting the Turn 4 wall after contact from Jamie McMurray ’s Chevrolet. Keselowski, the 2012 series champion, was running fifth when he blew a right front tire and slammed into the Turn 2 wall on Lap 160. He finished 36th and is 10th in the Chase standings, 22 points behind Gordon. Johnson, Earnhardt and Keselowski weren’t the only Chase drivers to have issues. On a day that saw all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers tag the wall, Kasey Kahne damaged his No. 5 Chevrolet after a restart on Lap 235. Kahne had taken a wave-around after an early pit stop had left him a lap down and was mired in traffic when the car got away from him in Turn 2. He finished 22nd. Polesitter Kevin Harvick led 61 laps but brought his car to pit road for an unscheduled stop on Lap 215, mistakenly thinking his right front tire was going down. Harvick lost a lap but used a wave-around and some hard racing in the closing laps to salvage a 12th-place result. “I thought I had a flat tire and pitted, because you see all the trouble that is going on (with other drivers having tire issues),” Harvick said. “(We) missed it on the handling a little bit today. We qualified well and had good track position. “That saved us in the beginning of the race, and when I thought I had a flat, just got us behind.” Both Logano and Larson agreed that the final restart of the race on Lap 240 was critical. Logano surged into the lead and, in clean air, was able to keep Larson behind him. “I thought we were pretty equal and were running about the same (lap times) there on the last run,” Larson said. “Just a good finish, and we were so even that I couldn’t do anything. I was hoping I would get a run on him in traffic, and all the lappers were giving us the top, so it kind of made it kind of easy for him to run the top. “Another second and can’t be too disappointed with it. The wins will be coming, so I just have to be patient, and with every time I’m in the top three, it’s just going to make the wins feel that much better.” MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Driver hints at retribution over the radio RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Joey Logano got into the back of Danica Patrick on Lap 247 of the Bank of America 500 , sending the No. 10 into the wall and Ryan Newman spinning. Both Newman and Logano are competing in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint cup. Logano's No. 22 was unharmed, but Newman was forced to head to pit road for repairs. Patrick, who was running 11th, had significant right front damage and was not happy with Logano . "I'd love to go out and take him out," Patrick said over the radio. "Go ahead," was the response. "Too bad taking the 22 out doesn't hurt his Chase (chances) because he won last weekend," she added. Patrick had to start at the tail end of the field after pitting multiple times, as well as pitting too soon. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Joey Logano takes the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway to secure a spot in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Joey Logano says his win at Kansas Speedway gives them a real shot at the Championship as he as earns a spot in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.