The last thing Joey Logano wanted to see at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday night was more rain.
Logano, who had the dominant car for the first half of the AAA Texas 500 in his No. 22 Ford, had a chance to reel in Carl Edwards in the closing stretch of the race as he was within a second of Edwards with fewer than 50 laps remaining.
But then rain, which delayed the start of the race by six hours, once again popped up and brought out the final caution. After a couple of laps of riding around in the rain, the cars were pulled into the pits and the race was called after 293 laps, 41 laps shy of the scheduled 334.
The second-place finish moved Logano inside the top four in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings but with nothing guaranteed with one race remaining until the championship round at Homestead.
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“I just didn’t have enough laps,” said Logano, who now has seven top-five finishes at TMS. “It seems like the momentum was going the other way with about three or four laps to go before the caution came out when I started catching the 19 [Edwards] pretty rapidly. Unfortunately it started raining and that was the end of the race.”
There’s a lot of cars that are going to be close going into Phoenix. “It’s going to be entertaining, probably the closest Phoenix race we’ve ever seen as far as points.
Joey Logano, tied for third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings with the race at Phoenix determining the final two Championship berths
The finish moved Logano from fifth to a tie for third in the standings, with Edwards and Jimmie Johnson locked in for two of the four spots. But he’s only one point ahead of fifth-place Kyle Busch and will now have to sweat things out one more week.
“There’s a lot of cars that are going to be close going into Phoenix,” Logano said. “It’s going to be entertaining, probably the closest Phoenix race we’ve ever seen as far as points. It’s going to be a fun one for sure.”
The start of the race certainly was fun for Logano as he led 178 of the first 188 laps of the race. Logano led by more than six seconds and one point, but his car lost its handle and that cost him the lead. He slipped back to fifth but was able to make up some ground with fast pit stops.
That put him in position for a showdown with Edwards that was washed away. Edwards was happy that was the case.
When you’re that close to winning and lead the most laps, second stinks.
Logano, runner-up at Texas Motor Speedway
“We were in a bad spot if we went green again,” Edwards said. “He [Logano] was really good on the bottom. My car was starting to go away. I ran pretty hard there at the restart, but man that’s fun.”
Logano didn’t think the finish was quite as fun.
“When you’re that close to winning and lead the most laps, second stinks,” Logano said. “That’s our goal every week to win and anything short of that is a failure. I feel like we were so close to that today.
“Ultimately we did gain some points. We’re in now. We were out going into the race. We did the best we can as far as leading laps and getting those two bonus points. We didn’t get the win part, and that would have been nice.”