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Logano defends spot in NASCAR’s Chase field

  • FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, NASCAR Chase drivers celebrate making the Chase after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. . From left are Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth. NASCAR's investigation into Bowyer's spin at Richmond ultimately uncovered a series of deliberate actions by Michael Waltrip Racing to alter the race results and the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The sordid saga concluded Monday, Sept. 10, 2013, with a hefty penalty that saw Ryan Newman replace Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase as MWR was fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris received an indefinite suspension.  (AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, NASCAR Chase drivers celebrate making the Chase after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. . From left are Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth. NASCAR's investigation into Bowyer's spin at Richmond ultimately uncovered a series of deliberate actions by Michael Waltrip Racing to alter the race results and the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The sordid saga concluded Monday, Sept. 10, 2013, with a hefty penalty that saw Ryan Newman replace Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase as MWR was fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris received an indefinite suspension. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2013, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison, left, pushes against Tennessee Titans tackle Michael Roos (71) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Cincinnati. Harrison first met Pittsburgh Steelers' Marcus Gilbert at the Steelers' training camp in 2011, but the two will play against each other Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Keating, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2013, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison, left, pushes against Tennessee Titans tackle Michael Roos (71) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Cincinnati. Harrison first met Pittsburgh Steelers' Marcus Gilbert at the Steelers' training camp in 2011, but the two will play against each other Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Keating, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2013, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison, left, pushes against Tennessee Titans tackle Michael Roos (71) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Cincinnati. Harrison first met Pittsburgh Steelers' Marcus Gilbert at the Steelers' training camp in 2011, but the two will play against each other Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Keating, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2013, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison, left, pushes against Tennessee Titans tackle Michael Roos (71) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Cincinnati. Harrison first met Pittsburgh Steelers' Marcus Gilbert at the Steelers' training camp in 2011, but the two will play against each other Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Keating, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, NASCAR Chase drivers celebrate making the Chase after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. . From left are Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth. NASCAR's investigation into Bowyer's spin at Richmond ultimately uncovered a series of deliberate actions by Michael Waltrip Racing to alter the race results and the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The sordid saga concluded Monday, Sept. 10, 2013, with a hefty penalty that saw Ryan Newman replace Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase as MWR was fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris received an indefinite suspension.  (AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2013, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison, left, pushes against Tennessee Titans tackle Michael Roos (71) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Cincinnati. Harrison first met Pittsburgh Steelers' Marcus Gilbert at the Steelers' training camp in 2011, but the two will play against each other Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Keating, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2013, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison, left, pushes against Tennessee Titans tackle Michael Roos (71) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Cincinnati. Harrison first met Pittsburgh Steelers' Marcus Gilbert at the Steelers' training camp in 2011, but the two will play against each other Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Keating, File)

Logano on the defensive

Joey Logano defended his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship yesterday, rattling off his season statistics as proof he earned his spot in the 12-driver field regardless of any help he may have received in the deciding race.

The latest driver caught in the fallout of NASCAR’s investigation into Saturday night’s race at Richmond, Logano learned Wednesday that radio traffic appeared to show Front Row Racing’s crew chief and spotter talking about David Gilliland giving Logano a pivotal spot on the track in exchange for something unidentified from Penske Racing.

There’s nothing in Penske radio transmissions to indicate wrongdoing, but NASCAR said it is still looking into the incident.

“That is new stuff to me. Obviously there is no transcript on our radio of anything said about it (and) obviously I would have known about it if that was the case,” Logano said.

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