Joey Logano’s championship hopes take another big hit in Texas

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 08: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 AAA Insurance Ford, pulls into the garage area after blowing a tire during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 08:  Joey Logano, driver of the #22 AAA Insurance Ford, pulls into the garage area after blowing a tire during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 08: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 AAA Insurance Ford, pulls into the garage area after blowing a tire during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Already on the ropes Joey Logano’s hopes for a NASCAR Sprint Cup championship suffered another setback Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.  Logano was running inside the top five of the AAA Texas 500 Sunday when on lap 9 a left rear tire exploded.

The remnants of the tire caused extensive damage to the rear of his Penske Ford  and Logano spun entering turn 3. The first caution of the race waved as Logano slowly made his way to pit road.  The crew attempted repairs and Logano was able to stay on the lead lap. After several tries however it was obvious the damage was too severe and Logano was forced to the garage.

“It just blew apart off of turn two,” Logano said as the crew worked to repair the car. MORE>>>

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