Editor’s Note: Full results, post race notes and updated rider standings are at the bottom of this file
Joey Logano and Kyle Busch were involved in one of the best racing in the NASCAR Cup Series this season during the inaugural Cup event at World Wide Technology Raceway on Sunday.
Dubbed the “Enjoy Illinois 300,” Logano certainly lived up to that billing, having fun in the win lane when, after the dust cleared, and partly due to a late error by Busch when he went wide into a corner, emerged victorious. the 1.25 mile long oval.
Logano’s win gave Team Penske a clean sheet for the weekend, as Will Power also won the final IndyCar race at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.
“It doesn’t get much better than that,” Logano said after climbing out of his race car. “So racing for the lead with Kyle, one of the best, it was a lot of fun. Crossing back and forth, I knew it was coming. I did it to him, I knew he was going to do it to We crossed back and forth there on the last lap a few times.
“Good for the Pennzoil Mustang, sure. Nice to get a few wins here in the season, rack up those points, playoff points. I’m out of breath. But what a great car. Really fast. I messed up a bit in qualifying, and Paul (crew chief Paul Wolfe) made a great call setting up two tires.(Team-mate Ryan) Blaney did a great job pushing down in one, at least keeping me close and able was to get the move. Good racing there.”
The extra time win was Logano’s second win of the season and second in the last four events.
Logano defeated the younger Busch brother by 0.655 seconds, while older brother Kurt finished third, followed by Blaney and Aric Almirola.
“I came into the first corner myself and was too far back,” Kyle Busch said of the last lap fight with Logano. “If you’re the man on the inside, flush the man on the outside and it’s over.
“I got a crossover though, but threw it too far into (turn) three. It chattered with all four tires. I just didn’t have the grip to get out of the corner well enough to be on his outside, so I know not. “
Older brother Kurt added: “I thought there would be a hand signal when it was time to go and I would push the 18 (Kyle Busch) like a spear. We did the whole brother miscommunication. We should have won that, there should have been a Toyota in the victory lane, a Busch in the victory lane.
“Logano, he didn’t do anything smart – we just messed up getting it launched. Then I wanted to run Kyle all alone with 1-2, but what a great day for our Monster Toyota. We won a stage. I bet on that , and then the team had my back.”
Sixth through 10 were Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell and Portland’s Xfinity Series winner AJ Allmendinger on Saturday.
The Cup Series now heads west to Sonoma Raceway for next Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 before enjoying a rare weekend on June 19.