Sunday’s Cup race at Richmond was good for Denny Hamlin. Hamlin drove most of the race well and had a good chance of first place. Still, Alex Bowman was great, he had a perfect day and in the end, he managed to win. Joey Logano also drove well, competing with his opponents, but eventually finished in third place “I thought we were going to be a battle between the front row, especially the way we launched on the final restart there.
Just could barely hang on to (Hamlin’s) quarter (panel) down into (Turn) 1,” Logano said, as quoted my motorposrt “I thought maybe I can roll the top here. Got there, the front just wasn’t woken up yet.
Wasn’t turning for about three laps. Obviously, (Bowman) was in a different league for about five laps. Pretty obvious adjustments they made to make that happen. “I think the track went for a swing as much as anything.
I think (Bowman) kind of snookered everybody”.
Logano is frustrated
Logano was disappointed he thought he had a chance to win. He thinks that both he and Hamlin had the advantage with the best car, but that Bowman was phenomenal and managed to win.
“It’s frustrating at the same time for probably two of the best cars getting beat by that at the end. You get frustrated being so close, but at the same time at least you’re close, so you kind of go back and forth with that in your mind,” Logano said.
“Solid run for us. No win. Had fun racing Denny there for a while. It was a good battle there for the lead back and forth throughout those long runs. “Unfortunately, none of it was for the win”. Logano is surprised by Bowman and his way of racing.
Bowman looked like no one could do anything to him, and like he was full of confidence. Still, Logano isn’t the only one surprised, a large number of NASCAR fans are amazed “I think we’re all surprised. Anything can happen on a late race restart on a short track.
As Denny says, it’s short-track racing, right? “I think that’s probably what it kind of came down to. They made great adjustments to make their car fire off better. What we saw was him being lights out for five, six laps.
Then it equaled out. “I’m just assuming he pumped up his pressure. I’m not sure how much. But seemed like the obvious to me”.