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Joey Logano- NASCAR pit stop at Kansas Speedway

Joey Logano- NASCAR pit stop at Kansas Speedway

In this latest instance, Logano knocked Truex out of the way, slipped past him and straightened out his wiggling vehicle enough to cross the finish line in first.

With his spot in the Championship 4 secure, Logano will race for his first Cup championship at the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in three weeks. The regular season was so dominated by Truex, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick it has just been assumed the so-called "Big 3" would gobble up three of the four championship berths.

Logano was showered in boos and Truex, standing on pit road next to his third-place auto, jeered the victor with both thumbs down as Logano was interviewed over the address system.

"We should be in victory lane right now", said Truex.

Truex vowed to prevent Logano from stealing his crown: "He may have won the battle, but he ain't winning the damn war".

"I gave him a few choice words that I probably shouldn't have", Pearn told NBCSN after the race. "I'm going to win it".

But that incident seemed a distant memory on Sunday evening, as Logano savored his second victory of the season, the 20th of his career and the cherished grandfather clock trophy that comes with a Martinsville win.

"Little bumps, obviously, we run into each other all the time but just deliberately knock me out of the way I thought was a cheap shot". It was the jaw-dropping, white-knuckled bumping and banging that made "Days of Thunder" a pop culture sensation and created an unrealistic expectation of NASCAR racing. "Some may not like it".

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For several laps around the 0.526-mile oval, he stalked Logano and waited to make a clean pass for the lead until Lap 499 of 500 despite several opportunities to drill the No. 22 Ford earlier.

It is no coincidence that Truex, one of the Cup circuit's most selfless drivers who rarely gets caught gouging anyone, remains winless at the two types of tracks that offer the greatest reward for selfishness and dirty pool. Instead, Logano used his bumper to take the win back into his control and earned an enemy while doing so.

"I was next to him for six laps, I never knocked him out of the way", Truex said. "We didn't have the speed and grip that we had here in the spring race". I guess we shouldn't have cleared him (out of turn 2) and given him the chance.

"And I just - there was nothing I could do about it", said Truex. "Everybody said we're out, said we can't run good at short tracks, our team's shutting down, we can't make it to the championship four, we're going to show everybody". Had Logano slipped even the slightest, the team would have been heavily criticized for not allowing Logano to have an easier path to the victory. I get that he wants to go to Homestead.

"I don't race like that", said Truex. Kyle Busch scored his seventh straight Martinsville top-five finish... NASCAR.com's RJ Kraft and George Winkler debate whether Joey Logano's move at Martinsville was the right one.

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UP NEXT: The middle race of the third round of the playoffs, Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch, who will start from the pole Sunday, now sits atop the playoff leaderboard.

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