NASCAR: Joey Logano passes Kyle Busch on final restart to win at Gateway

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Joey Logano got the better of Kyle Busch over the final two laps at Gateway on Sunday.

Logano passed Busch in Turns 3 and 4 on the penultimate lap after Busch slid up the track. Busch had the lead ahead of the two-lap overtime finish but Logano got the better restart and nosed ahead entering the first turn. Busch then crossed Logano over and had the edge down the backstretch but his car didn’t stick in the groove in Turn 3 ahead of the 245th and final lap.

The two drivers battled for the lead after taking two tires on the race’s final set of pit stops and Busch took the lead from Erik Jones on lap 190 of the schedule 240-lap race. Logano got past him on lap 208 after a restart and led for 20 laps before Cole Custer crashed with less than 20 scheduled laps to go. Busch got the lead after that restart and had it when Kevin Harvick crashed on lap 235 because of an apparent brake failure.

Their race for the lead was an entertaining one that was special without Harvick's caution. Logano and Busch were racing on the edge and nose-to-tail for multiple laps ahead of Harvick's crash as Logano looked to find a way to make a pass for the lead.

"Racing for the lead like that with Kyle, one of the best," Logano said. "It was a lot of fun. Crossing each other back and forth. I knew it was coming. I did it to him; I knew he was going to do it to me."

MADISON, ILLINOIS - JUNE 05: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 at WWT Raceway on June 05, 2022 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
MADISON, ILLINOIS - JUNE 05: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 at WWT Raceway on June 05, 2022 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

Ross Chastain ticks off Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott

Ross Chastain made Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott mad on Sunday by wrecking them both. Chastain ran into both drivers from behind and sent Hamlin into the wall and Elliott into a spin that caused a multi-car crash.

Chastain and Hamlin were racing for fifth in the second stage when their incident occurred. Soon after, Chastain ran into Elliott and found himself at the back of the field for a restart and near Hamlin and Elliott.

Elliott drove him up the track into Turn 1 and then Hamlin prevented him from getting back down into the racing groove. Hamlin then proceeded to hold Chastain up for multiple laps by weaving and driving slowly in front of him.

Simply put, Hamlin’s display was a funny bit of tactical maneuvering. Since Chastain’s car had damage from the Elliott wreck, he had to make minimum speed after the restart to not get disqualified. And Hamlin slowing him up considerably could have prevented Chastain from meeting that minimum.

Chastain eventually did get by Hamlin and make minimum speed. He even bounced back to finish eighth. But he said after the race that he’s got to learn from the mistakes he keeps making over and over.

“It’s one thing to do it once but I just kept driving into guys. At this level you’re supposed to be better than that,” Chastain said.

Chastain even admitted that he’ll “have to pay for it on the track” when it comes to payback for his aggressive driving.

MADISON, ILLINOIS - JUNE 05: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, and Ross Chastain, driver of the #1 Moose Fraternity Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 at WWT Raceway on June 05, 2022 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin made Ross Chastain's life miserable for a few laps after Chastain crashed him during Sunday's NASCAR race. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

“I deserve everything that they do. I can’t believe that I continue to make the same mistakes and overdrive the corner and drive into guys. I had time under caution to get reset and we go green and I drive into somebody.”

Chastain's aggressive driving has paid off so far this season, however. He's third in the points standings and is one of three drivers (including Hamlin) to have multiple wins this season.

Race results

1. Joey Logano

2. Kyle Busch

3. Kurt Busch

4. Ryan Blaney

5. Aric Almirola

6. Martin Truex Jr.

7. Erik Jones

8. Ross Chastain

9. Christopher Bell

10. AJ Allmendinger

11. Austin Cindric

12. Kyle Larson

13. Alex Bowman

14. Justin Haley

15. Austin Dillon

16. Tyler Reddick

17. Zane Smith

18. Michael McDowell

19. William Byron

20. Brad Keselowski

21. Chase Elliott

22. Todd Gilliland

23. Daniel Suarez

24. Chase Briscoe

25. Harrison Burton

26. Bubba Wallace

27. Ty Dillon

28. Josh Bilicki

29. Cole Custer

30. BJ McLeod

31. Parker Kligerman

32. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

33. Kevin Harvick

34. Denny Hamlin

35. Cody Ware

36. Corey LaJoie

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