Joey Logano holds off Kevin Harvick for hard fought NASCAR victory at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 22:  Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 22: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Joey Logano won a high speed chess match Saturday night. Logano held off Kevin Harvick over the course of the final 63 laps to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  The Penske Racing driver and the reigning NASCAR champion dueled through heavy lapped traffic at the high speed high half-mile with Harvick getting to the back bumper, or underneath the Ford of Logano several times only to see Logano move out of range.  Harvick had one last shot at Logano on the final lap, but had nothing for him as Logano went on to score his third victory of the season and defend his race win from last year’s night race at Bristol.

“It was kind of interesting to watch it in the mirror,” Logano said.  “I was watching him drive in and I was like, ‘He’s going to get me eventually,’ so I just wanted to make sure I stayed at least three or four car lengths up on him so he didn’t get to me.”

The second place for Harvick was also hard fought. He was penalized for speeding on pit road twice and had to make up many spots to get back to the front. He never led a lap but was still pleased with his tenth second place finish of the year since his last win in March.

“That’s half the races that we’ve run so far,” Harvick said MORE>>>

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