Posted September 16, 2013 on AP on Fox

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 01: Joey Logano, driver of the Home Depot Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 on October 1, 2010 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
If the plan was to spot the competition a lead, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano have their rivals right where they want them. Both got off to a miserable start in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Logano, the pole-sitter, was forced to drop out of Sunday's rain-delayed race at Chicagoland Speedway when his engine quit with 91 laps remaining. He finished 37th. Some 50 laps later, Earnhardt wound up following Logano onto pit road with a race-ending problem of his own. He settled for 35th. They were the only two in the 13-driver Chase qualifying field not to finish the first of NASCAR's 10-race, season-ending playoff series. None of the other drivers finished worse than 16th. ''I am pretty angry,'' Logano said. ''That was such a fast race car we had.'' Logano qualified for the Chase for the first time this year, and was embroiled in the scandal-plagued race at Richmond last weekend. After a wide-ranging invest...

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