Joey Logano lost out to Carl Edwards in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 after leading much of the rain-delayed playoff race.
Logano, who started from pole, crossed the finish line second behind Edwards after leading 178 laps. Edwards had moved into the lead on Lap 258 of 293 following a fast and green-flag pit stop that gave him position over Logano and fresh rubber at an ideal moment.
“We just lost our track position on a green-flag cycle and got our balance off a little bit,” Logano said post-race. “We got it fixed and got it going and had a good restart at the end to get back to second but it seemed like we needed maybe five or 10 more laps to try to catch the 19 (Edwards) there. We were making up about three-tenths a lap when the caution came out. It is what it is.”
With the win, Edwards is locked into the Championship Four playoff round set for Miami Homestead. Team Hendrick Chevy driver Jimmie Johnson locked himself into the final playoff round last week with a win at Martinsville. Logano is in decent shape as well – sitting inside the top four in points and tied with Kyle Busch.
A win at Phoenix would be ideal for Logano, however it’s possible for the No. 22 driver to clinch a Championship 4 berth on points alone. It won’t be easy, several other drivers are hoping for the same outcome, including defending champion Busch and Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin. 2014 Sprint Cup Champion and eight-time Phoenix winner Kevin Harvick also needs a win to keep his playoff hopes alive.