Wreck Foils Joey Logano’s Win Chances at Second Consecutive NASCAR Race

Jackson Wheeler
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In the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season’s first two races, Joey Logano has started on the front row for Ford in both of them, and each time a multi-car crash has ended his victory hopes.

In the Daytona 500, it was a 23-car crash with eight laps remaining. Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a three-car accident on lap 160 sent Logano’s Ford to the garage. Before exiting the race, Logano led three times for 27 laps in the 260-lap Ambetter Health 400 that was won by Daniel Suarez.

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Three Strikes And Hamlin Is Out

Two wrecks in the ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway failed to keep Denny Hamlin from contending for the lead, but the third crash in which he was involved with 20 laps remaining cost him a shot at victory.

Hamlin’s first accident occurred on lap 53 when he spun on the frontstretch after contact with Kyle Busch. Then on lap 160 he was collected in a crash that damaged Chris Buescher and sidelined Joey Logano. He still led once for 15 laps. However, it was the accident on lap 240 with Chase Briscoe that resulted in a 11 minute 25 second red flag and relegated Hamlin to a 23rd-place finish, one lap down.

A Weekend of Infractions

From the time NASCAR began inspecting race vehicles on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway through Cup Series on Sunday, officials constantly found infractions.

On Friday, officials confiscated roof rail deflectors off the Stewart-Haas Racing Fords driven by Noah Gragson and Ryan Preece. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. lost his pit selection and team engineer Max Kennon who was ejected after his JTG Daugherty Chevrolet failed inspection twice.

In the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage, Jack Wood’s McAnnally Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet failed inspection twice. He will lose pit selection at the next event.

Then in Saturday’s Truck Series race, Layne Riggs Front Row Motorsports Ford was disqualified for its windshield fasteners not being in the proper position.

On Sunday prior to the ambetter Health 400, NASCAR announced that Joey Logano’s gloves didn’t meet SFI specifications. The section of his glove between his thumb and forefinger resembled a baseball glove. Logano, who had qualified on the outside of the front row had to drop to the rear at the race’s start and then execute a pass thru penalty. Due to the 16-car crash on the second lap, Logano didn’t lose a lap.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series was the only series that didn’t incur multiple violations. Following Saturday night’s RAPTOR King of Tough 250, Ryan Truex’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota had one loose lug nut.

Any additional penalties resulting from the weekend violations will be announced on Tuesday.

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