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Joey Logano survived a couple of late-race restarts and took his Team Penske Ford to Victory Lane  — this time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Logano’s stuck to his lane choice plan, that found momentum on the top would make the difference in the end.

 

Jack is Back on Track

Roush Fenway continues to show strength in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as both Ryan Reed and Darrell Wallace Jr. grabbed top-10 finishes.

The success is nearly five years in the making. The organization has struggled in the series since Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won back-to-back titles in 2011-12.

Since then, crew chief and management changes have yielded marginal results.

2017 seems to be off to a good start and they’ll look to carry the momentum to Phoenix next week, a historically strong venue for the team.

Nice to see them as part of the conversation.

 

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes

When NASCAR announced limiting Cup drivers with five-plus years of full-time experience in the two lower-tier National Touring Series events, it seemed like a step in the right direction.

But everything usually looks good on paper.

In reality, ten races is one-third of the season. Not every Cup driver will be in the same races, so it’s possible (not necessarily probable) that the series champion may still not win a race. But let’s hope for the best.

With budding talent like William Byron, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones in the mix, it would be nice to see some of those faces in Victory Lane.

 

Yellow Flags Make for Great Racing

Fans used to throw their hands in the air when a race was interrupted by a caution. Teams felt the same way.

Now, it’s usually just the leader that who experiences disappointment.

For the rest of the teams it’s an opportunity to make a strategy decision or tighten up a deficit. Track position is as valuable as a strong motor.

Fans are happy too. Well, most of them.

When NASCAR implemented the double-file restart in 2009, it changed the whole game.

While it’s more significant in the later stages of the race, the four-wide-hold-your-breath chaos getting into turn one has been one of NASCAR’s best procedural decisions.

Throw in a Green-White-Checker and life is good.

Mike Calinoff

Over the past twenty-three years, Mike has become a notable figure in the NASCAR community. As a Spotter, he spent a total of 14 seasons with Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Monster Energy Cup and XFINITY Series. All told, at Roush Fenway Racing, he garnered over 40 wins including three Championships and two Daytona 500’s. At the end of 2013, Mike left Roush Fenway to focus on his companies and stays active in the NASCAR community at many levels. Mike was a regular guest on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, featured "act" Speed TV's Trackside Live and makes on occasional cameo on soap operas. (Really?) He has an affinity for starting new things, such as Popular Speed and 140 BUZZ – a PR, Marketing and Social Media company. Many 140 BUZZ clients are NASCAR teams, drivers and sponsors and represent many of the most visible brands in NASCAR and other business categories. Mike is also a Driver Development consultant, where he works with families and drivers around the country to set a career path. As a stand-up comic Mike is, without a doubt, the funniest guy he knows. Calinoff lives in Lake Norman, NC