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Joey Logano held off Kevin Harvick in a colossal battle for one of the four spots in the championship finale up for grabs. The pair were near the front of the field throughout the final stage, and the race off of pit road under the final caution ended up being the difference. Logano's team got him out of the pits first, which gave him the chance to nail the restart and then control the race to its finish despite Harvick throwing everything he had at the Penske Racing driver. The win was the most important of the year (so far) for Logano, and it came after a long dry spell. While he picked up momentum in recent weeks, he hadn't visited Victory Lane since the trip to Phoenix International Raceway just prior to the pandemic.
Two races remain in the round of eight for Harvick and the other playoff contenders to guarantee themselves spots alongside Logano in the final four. Six playoff contenders finished in the top 10 on Sunday, while Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch lost ground in the fight. Busch suffered the most with a DNF, and he now faces a must-win scenario to make it to Phoenix. Up first is Texas Motor Speedway where Austin Dillon won earlier this season.