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Joey Logano wins at Las Vegas, clinches leads Cup Series playoffs Championship 4 berth

The final eight drivers in NASCAR Cup Series playoff finished their first race of the round.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) during qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series opened its Round of 8 in the playoff and Joey Logano drew first blood. Logano won the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He edged out Ross Chastain and Kyle Busch for the checkered flag. It was Logano’s third victory of the 2022 season.

More important than the checkered flag, Logano has clinched a berth in the Championship 4 with the victory. He entered the race in second place in the playoff chase behind Chase Elliott, with Chastain in third place. Elliott finished the race in 21st place.

Chastain, Elliott, and Denny Hamlin make up the rest of the top four coming out of Las Vegas. William Byron, Chase Briscoe, Ryan Blaney, and Christopher Bell make up the remaining four in the top eight and are on the outside looking in heading into next weekend’s race in South Florida.

The Cup Series will run the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Motor Speedway. William Byron is the defending race champion.