By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs.
Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second.
“It’s awesome,” Logano said in Victory Lane. “I’ve never won more than one race in a season, and now I’ve won three.”
Kenseth elected to stay on the track when most of the field pitted after a caution flag with 67 laps to go, picking track position over new tires. But once the green flag flew again, Logano and then Keselowski proved the choice faulty.
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