Tight-Handling Car, Long Green-Flag Run Thwart Joey Logano at Phoenix

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 10: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and his crew chief Todd Gordon stand on the grid after failing to make the championship race following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway on November 10, 2019, in Avondale, Arizona. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

AVONDALE, Ariz. – In the space of one pit stop, Joey Logano’s car went from a frontrunner to a backmarker, with no reasonable explanation.

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One Race Left to Decide Who Makes the Championship 4

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – OCTOBER 27: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota, leads Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2019, in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Harvick’s victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway not only earned him a guaranteed position among the Championship 4 drivers to challenge for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title – it certainly upped the intrigue-level for Sunday’s already championship crucial Bluegreen Vacations 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Phoenix’s ISM Raceway.

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Denny Hamlin Goes from Favorite to Long Shot in One Wild Ride

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 03: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, is introduced prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 03, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The weekend was going well for Denny Hamlin—up until the 80th lap of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.

Hamlin came to Texas Motor Speedway second in the Playoff standings and qualified third for the second race of the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

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