Team Penske’s Joey Logano, who won the Duck Commander 500 three weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, continued his hot start and joined Kevin Harvick as the only multiple winners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with his victory in Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway. The dramatic finish was not the conclusion of the action as there was plenty of post-race activity that boiled over for the tight racing. Brad Keselowski showed his displeasure for an alleged late block by Matt Kenseth by running into Kenseth’s car during the post-race, cool-down lap. That paled in comparison to the “Thunder from Down Under” moment between Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose. Mears, upset about a late racing incident between the two, argued and then shoved Ambrose and the Tasmanian native retaliated by clocking Mears with a right hook to the head. … The Verizon IndyCar Series battled weather for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and after a two-hour, 30-minute delay the sanctioning body managed to get the event in at Barber Motorsports Park. Ryan Hunter-Reay earned the victory in the abbreviated event that was set to a 100-minute time limit following severe thunderstorms that caused the delay. It was the 12th IndyCar victory for Hunter-Reay, who moved 18 points behind championship leader Will Power heading into the inaugural May 10 Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the reconfigured road course. Marco Andretti finished second to give Andretti Autosport a 1-2 sweep. "With the rain and the wet conditions on how we started out there, it was tough,” Hunter-Reay said afterward. “Then we went to the Firestone reds, and man - on a wet surface that was just really tough to keep the car on track. Once we got out front though, we started checking out and it was a dream to drive the DHL car.” … Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske have been strong in the early going of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with each owning three wins through the first nine races of the season. … Six-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson finished 32nd on Saturday night in Richmond and remains winless this season. In 12 full seasons, Johnson has never gone more than 11 races to start a season without a victory. … Also surprisingly winless through the first nine races is Matt Kenseth. Kenseth had a series-high seven wins last season in his first season at Joe Gibbs Racing after his long tenure with Roush Fenway Racing. The three-car organization, which features Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, has managed just one win this season, that coming from Busch at Fontana, Calif. … Penske Racing’s Will Power, the points leader, and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Simon Pagenaud, who is third in points, are the only two drivers with top-five finishes through the first three races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season. Pagenaud was fourth and Power fifth in Sunday’s race at Barber Motorsports Park. … Kevin Harvick won Friday night’s Nationwide Series race at Richmond to give JR Motorsports its fourth win in eight races this season. Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, finished second to give the organization its first 1-2 finish and extended his Nationwide Series championship lead to 19 points over teammate Regan Smith. … NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer took advantage of the recent Easter off weekend to marry Lorra Podsiadlo in the Bahamas in a small wedding with only close friends and family.
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