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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|26||36||52||Joey Gase *||Chevrolet||Pauliewood.com||18/0||189||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|
|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|