Team Penske came into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup hot.
It moves on to the Contender Round even hotter.
The dynamic duo of 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano took the opening two Chase races at Chicagoland and New Hampshire, respectively, after finishing the regular season with a win apiece in the last three events.
On top of that, Logano led all drivers with a 3.0 average finish in the Contender Round and Keselowski ranked a close second with a 3.3 mark. To post those gaudy numbers, Logano sandwiched his victory between fourth-place finishes at Chicagoland and Dover, while Keselowski followed up his Windy City win with a seventh-place New Hampshire showing and a runner-up effort at Dover.
All 12 advancing drivers are on an even slate now that their points have been reset for the Contender Round. Next up, Kansas Speedway.
Keselowski won at Kansas in 2011, but has not placed in the top 10 in his last two races there. He did, however, score victories this season at Chicagoland and Kentucky. Both tracks are also 1.5 miles and have similar flatter banking on the turns.
Logano struggled at Kansas when he competed for Joe Gibbs Racing, logging just one top 15 finish in eight starts. His performance at the tri-oval with Team Penske has been a different story. In three races at the Kansas with his new organization, Logano has scored two top fives.