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Road-course victory a first for Logano

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Joey Logano won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Watkins Glen International in New York on Saturday, outdueling Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski.

Logano, who started from pole, overcame a stop-and-go penalty early in the caution-filled race and kept Keselowski at bay after a restart with four laps to go in the 82-lap race. It’s the first road course win of his career and 25th in NASCAR’s second-tier series.

The Penske duo led all but three laps in a race on the 2.45-mile layout that was delayed by seven cautions for 20 laps.

Series points leader Chris Buescher was third, followed by Boris Said and Ty Dillon.

Regan Smith, fourth in points, finished 20th after running in the top 10 early in the race. Smith rallied from early troubles but was doomed to a bad finish after being taken out by Dillon late in the race, and the two nearly came to blows after the race.

Chase Elliott, second in points, was seventh.

Sprint Cup

AJ Allmendinger has won the Sprint Cup pole at Watkins Glen International in New York.

Allmendinger also won the pole on the road course at Sonoma in June. He turned a fast lap of 127.839 mph to edge Martin Truex Jr. for the top spot. It’s his fourth pole in Sprint Cup.

Five-time Watkins Glen winner Tony Stewart qualified third. Kevin Harvick was fourth and Jeff Gordon fifth.

NHRA

Jack Beckman ran the quickest Funny Car pass in NHRA history for the second straight weekend, taking the No. 1 qualifying position in the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, Washington.

Beckman piloted his Dodge Charger R/T to a 3.912-second run at 322.88 mph at Pacific Raceways.

Beckman can certify the run as an NHRA national time record by posting another run within 1 percent during the remainder of the weekend. He set the mark of 3.921 last week in Sonoma, California.

Beckman also won two weeks ago in Colorado and is in position to become the second Funny Car driver and eighth overall to sweep the three events. He has five victories this year.

Richie Crampton led Top Fuel qualifying, and Chris McGaha topped the Pro Stock field.

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