When “The Captain” asked, Joey Logano answered.
Did he ever.
Logano held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sunday, leading a sweep of the top two spots for Roger Penske after the owner asked him to drive the No. 22 car on a rare weekend off for the Sprint Cup series.
“Really big for us to get a 1-2 finish for Penske. That’s awesome,” Logano said. “To come out here, our goal is to win this thing. That’s why I came out here on my off week, it was to come out here and win.”
Penske, nicknamed “The Captain,” approached Logano this month during the NASCAR stop at Daytona and asked if he would drive in the first of two Nationwide races at Chicagoland this season. Penske wanted a boost in the race for the owners’ championship, and Logano sure delivered on the request.
Logano, the lone Sprint Cup regular in the race, earned his second Nationwide win of the year and No. 20 for his career. He also won at Dover in June. Hornish held on for second and moved into the top spot in the series standings, seven points better than Regan Smith.
Austin Dillon led two times for a total of 24 laps and finished third.
Dillon is third on the points list, but is still looking for his first victory of the year.
JOHNSON’S MILE-HIGH WIN
Defending NHRA Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson won the Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Morrison, Colo., for the fifth time, holding off V. Gaines in the final round.
Spencer Massey won the Top Fuel division, Cruz Pedregon topped the Funny Car field, and Shawn Gann won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Corey LaJoie won the ARCA stop at Chicagoland Speedway in Jolliet, Ind., for his first career victory in the series. … Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won the American Le Mans Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario with Scott Tucker topping the P2 prototype class. … Spain’s Marc Marquez, 20, won the U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., to become the youngest rider in MotoGP history to win consecutive races.