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Logano led 86 laps and was the leader heading into the final restart with 17 laps to go. Gordon beat him to the punch, yet Logano still battled. The fact of the matter is Logano was the car to beat all day, and he made Gordon beat him. If ever there were a moral victory in racing, this was it.
That back-and-forth cost Logano second place, as he dropped behind both Harvick and Paul Menard. At that point, he could have folded, especially with Earnhardt breathing down his spoiler. Logano would put Menard behind him to finish third, but Logano's reaction after the race said it all.
He stood outside of his car with his elbows on the roof, his head in his hands, looking broken and defeated, which he was. Gordon schooled him on that restart. Experience won out. Logano said on the ESPN broadcast:
We were battling these restarts pretty hard. I used every trick that I had. The 24 was laying back really hard. I had the run and I was clear. I should've pulled out in front of him and got the draft. I had one more final shot to get him on Turn 2 and once again he pulled me back. It's close. I wish the last caution didn't come out. I'm going to live that in my head for the next two weeks.
Logano won this race a year ago and was the car to beat all day. He led the most laps and couldn't close the deal when it truly mattered. But this is the type of loss that an athlete will tack up on his mental cork board. Logano is a strong driver for Team Penske, and with a wingman like Keselowski, Logano could make some waves in The Chase.
Pete Pistone of the Motor Sports Network wrote, "Logano sits fourth in the points standing but he has two wins and a spot in the Chase. While third place is nothing to be ashamed about, Logano knows the new championship format means first place is by far the most important goal."
It will be interesting to see how this loss affects him. Next week at Bristol is very important to the No. 22 car. This win will fuel him going forward as The Chase launches in four weeks.