Keselowski and Logano Post Top 5 Finishes at Pocono

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Sunday’s rainout of the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway set up a rare Monday race for the Sprint Cup Drivers. What a difference a day makes, beautiful skies welcomed the 40 drivers for the first Monday race at Pocono since August of 2009.Nascar Pocono RacewayPenske Racing drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano started on the front row and looked strong early, however, both driver’s encountered difficulties before the 100-mile mark on the afternoon.Keselowski ran into trouble with NASCAR officials for questionable activities during a pit stop under caution on Lap 23. The jack-man for the number 2 crew appeared to intentionally hip-check the right side of the car during a tire change, leaving a dent in the sheet metal in what would be the door area of a stock vehicle. Fox race announcers Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip were quick to point out the damage actually creates an aerodynamic advantage for the car during certain racing conditions. NASCAR brought Keselowski back to the pits during the yellow flag period and made the team pull out the damaged sheet metal. Keselowski was again sent back to the pits after the restart for a drive-through penalty while the rest of the field circled the 2.5-mile track.During the same restart Joey Logano bumped Ryan Newman’s rear bumper as the two raced off into turn one. Exiting the turn Newman returned the favor three-fold denting the 22 car’s rear bumper and causing Logano to get loose enough to drop several positions as he worked to regain control and avoid a spin-out.Despite the early race incidents, the Penske drivers fought back to finish in the top 5 with Keselowski taking second while Logano took the fifth spot. Kurt Bush won for the first time this year becoming the 9th different winner to date and locking up a position in the playoff chase. While Keselowski is safely locked into a playoff spot with his two wins, Logano has yet to reach victory lane and is only 76 points ahead of 17th place A J Allmendinger. A couple of bad finishes and Logano could be battling for his playoff life. The Wood Brother’s Ryan Blaney is the only other Ford driver in the top 16, holding down the next to last playoff spot in 15th.Next Sunday the circuit makes its first of two stops at Michigan International Speedway, look to the Lasco Press for expanded coverage of our home-town track nestled in the beautiful Irish Hills of southern Michigan. We will be on-site to bring you all the action of Firekeepers Casino 400 and a special feature our readers are sure to enjoy.  

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Steve Sweitzer
Steve is the Sports Editor for the Lasco Press and highlights our coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series. Steve is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and a nationally published author of automotive related articles for industry trade magazines. He is also a freelance technical writer and accomplished photographer. A 25-year resident of Southeast Michigan, Steve’s passion for reporting on our community, it’s residents, and our automotive connections allow us to use his skills to cover a number of events. Steve’s ability to seek out the unique behind the scenes accounts that tell the often-overlooked aspect of a story makes for entertaining reading. Follow Steve at thelascopress.com with weekly NASCAR updates and featured articles.