Logano Earns First Dover Win

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By Jason Schultz

Joey Logano earned his first win at Dover, in any series, Saturday afternoon. Logano passed rookie Ryan Truex late in the race to earn the victory. Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) earned a 1-2-3 finish with drivers; Logano, Truex and Scott. Logano made his NASCAR debut at Dover in the Nationwide Series in 2008 so to finally earn a win at Dover is special for Logano. The race was filled with cautions and exciting racing. The first caution of the day came out on lap four for the No.08 of Tim Andrews who hit the wall.

After a green-flag run, the caution came out for point’s leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse Jr. lost control of his car on the backstretch and made contact with the wall and his car suffered a lot of damage. Stenhouse Jr. went behind the wall and eventually came back out and finished 32nd. He also lost his points lead. The competition caution came out on lap 42 for rain the night before, Joey Logano was the leader. Justin Allgaier only took fuel and became the race leader. The next caution came out on lap 133. It was for the No.41 of Timmy Hill who crashed on the front stretch, near some of the top runners in the race.  

A few laps after the restart, trouble occurred again. Sam Hornish Jr. got up into Danica Patrick after exiting turn four. A few weeks ago at Talladega, Hornish Jr. and Patrick had a run in on the last lap of the race and this could have been some retaliation from the incident. Patrick commented on the radio after the accident in a sarcastic tone “Shocker! Real shocker!!”After Hornish Jr. got up into Patrick, Patrick slid up the hill into Brad Sweet driving the No.38 and they both made hard contact with the wall and both needed repairs so they both went behind the wall. On lap 139, all three JGR Toyota’s were in the top three, all three remained there for most of the final 61 laps.

 The next caution came out on lap 150 when a lap car, Tim Bainey Jr.-making his first Nationwide Series start-, was much slower than race leader Joey Logano and when Logano got up behind him, Logano bumped him in the rear and Bainey was turned up into the wall. This incident was similar to a few weeks ago at Darlington when Logano bumped into race leader Elliot Sadler and turned him up into the wall.

The race went green the rest of the way and Ryan Truex led up into six laps to go. Joey Logano had been closing in on Truex. When Truex came out of turn two, he approached two cars that were a lap down and Truex had to slow up to prevent wrecking the cars and he split the cars. Truex commented on the two lapped cars racing each other in front of the leader “To race each other in front of the leader like that is just not smart.”Truex lost a lot of his momentum and was passed by Logano.

Truex was unable to catch up to Logano and Logano crossed the finish line first. Logano led 154 out of the 200 laps in the race. Some more stats from the race were all three JGR cars finishing in the top three and the top four cars consisting of all Toyota’s. A great run by Jeremy Clements earned him a tenth place finish, a very good performance by an under funded team. Logano commented in victory lane about finally getting a victory at Dover “Finally getting it means a lot.” Ryan Truex was clearly disappointed with coming up so close on his first NASCAR win, he won’t give up on trying to win when he said after the race “I’ll get one eventually.”

 A great day for Joe Gibbs Racing, especially Joey Logano, has them looking forward to tomorrow’s Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. Tomorrow’s race should be a good one, its set to begin a little after one o’clock eastern time.

Results via Nascar.com

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 2 18 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 0 200 Running
2 1 20 Ryan Truex Toyota Grime Boss 43/1 200 Running
3 5 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar General 41/0 200 Running
4 9 54 Kurt Busch Toyota Monster Energy 0 200 Running
5 7 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 40/1 200 Running
6 11 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet American Ethanol / New Holland 38/0 200 Running
7 6 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain Financial 37/0 200 Running
8 3 33 Ty Dillon Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 0 200 Running
9 14 30 James Buescher Chevrolet AccuDoc 0 200 Running
10 15 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Clements Automotive 34/0 199 Running
11 23 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot Flying J 33/0 199 Running
12 12 22 Parker Kligerman Dodge Snap-On Tools 0 199 Running
13 10 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Wurth 31/0 199 Running
14 19 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet Clean Coal / AmericasPower.org 30/0 199 Running
15 30 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota American Majority 29/0 198 Running
16 20 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota G-Oil / Ryobi 28/0 198 Running
17 28 14 Jeff Green Toyota Hefty / Reynolds Wrap 27/0 198 Running
18 27 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet G&K Services 26/0 198 Running
19 21 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 25/0 197 Running
20 13 199 John Wes Townley Toyota Barberitos 0 197 Running
21 34 23 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 23/0 194 Running
22 18 39 Josh Richards Ford NSW Kids 22/0 194 Running
23 22 38 Brad Sweet * Chevrolet Great Clips 21/0 193 Running
24 32 50 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Liberty Tire Recycling 20/0 193 Running
25 40 4 Brad Teague Chevrolet Tradebank 19/0 190 Running
26 36 52 Joey Gase * Chevrolet Pauliewood.com 18/0 189 Running
27 29 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet TheMotorsportsGroup.com 17/0 179 Running
28 41 124 Tim Bainey Jr. Chevrolet Del Grosso / Window World 0 144 Accident
29 35 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Racing With Jesus 15/0 144 Transmission
30 17 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 14/0 133 Accident
31 26 41 Timmy Hill Ford Poynt.com 0 120 Accident
32 4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Cargill 12/0 119 Running
33 8 44 Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 11/0 36 Electrical
34 39 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink 10/0 14 Vibration
35 37 171 Matt Carter Chevrolet RWR / Lilly Trucking 9/0 11 Electrical
36 38 175 Scott Riggs Chevrolet RWR / Lilly Trucking 0 10 Susp.
37 24 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 0 5 Ignition
38 16 47 Scott Speed Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 0 4 Vibration
39 25 10 Kevin Lepage Toyota TriStar Motorsports 5/0 4 Vibration
40 31 108 Tim Andrews Ford Randy Hill Racing 4/0 2 Accident
41 42 15 Blake Koch Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 3/0 2 Brakes
42 33 46 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet TheMotorsportsGroup.com 0 2 Electrical
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