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Joey Logano made no apologies for earning a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
“We got one win and eight top-fives and 14 top-10 finishes,’’ said Logano, who found himself at the center of a controversy about his 22d-place finish in the Chase cut-off event at Richmond Sept. 7.
A NASCAR review of the radio banter between David Gilliland’s crew chief and spotter suggested that Logano’s Penske team was interested in striking a deal that would give its driver track position ahead of Gilliland.
Logano wound up 22d and Gilliland 23d, but that was after Clint Bowyer spun out and Brian Vickers pitted late in highly questionable moves by Michael Waltrip Racing aimed at manipulating the outcome in favor of Martin Truex Jr.