Team Penske trio finishes in the top 6 at Chicagoland

JOLIET, ILLINOIS - JUNE 30: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 McDonald's Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on June 30, 2019 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Penske Racing drivers turned in a stealthy but impressive finish in the Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway – all three drivers finishing among the top six.

Joey Logano rallied to a third-place finish in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford and was joined by teammate Brad Keselowski, who placed fifth and Ryan Blaney, who took sixth.

Blaney was the only one among the trio to lead a lap (one) and that was more noteworthy considering he went a lap down early in the race after his car suffered a tire problem.

While Keselowski scored stage points with a second-place run in the opening stage, none of the team cars scored any points in Stage 2 of the race – important to note considering the late-race work of all three.

Logano’s third-place showing was his seventh top-10 finish in 11 Chicagoland races. His performance, combined with Kyle Busch’s 22nd-place run, increased his standings lead over Busch to 18 points.

“In one word, it was a “battle” out there,’’ Logano said. “The restarts were insane, three, four-wide and cars were all over the place.

“Great recovery,’’ Logano said of the team’s finish. “We didn’t score any stage points. We were running 12th or 13th most of the race and then we got the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang quite a bit better to get a top-three. I’s hard to say I’m happy with that, but all things considered, we’ll take it.’’

Greg Engle