By Tyson Lautenschlager
Fresh off his 2nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win last week a t Pocono, Joey Logano wins the Nationwide Series race on the newly repaved Michigan International Speedway. There was really no clear winner at all in this race seeing as we had multiple leaders that included James Buescher for a short period of time, Elliott Sadler, Paul Menard, Sam Hornish Jr and Cole Whitt.
Austin Dillon started on the pole for the race alongside young JR Motorsports rookie, Cole Whitt. Whitt quickly grabbed the lead on the start of the race. The first caution came out when the race started off poorly for Danica Patrick and Brad Sweet when both drivers spun on lap 1. Both spins were unrelated and both were out of the groove when they spun. Kurt Busch who just returned from suspension got into the back of the No.22 of Brad Keselowski causing some damage to the front end of the No.54 Monster Energy Camry.
Cole Whitt led on the restart. Whitt restarted well and was able to keep the lead in his No.88 car. Drivers involved in the first accident made a pit stop during the yellow to change tires and repair damage ultimately helping them gain positions and get closer to the front of the pack. They didn’t get far enough up because on lap 26 we saw the competition caution.
All the leaders pitted during the competition caution, most of which took two tires including Sam Hornish Jr who took advantage of taking two tires and he took the lead. Hornish was representing his sponsor Alliance Truck Parts which was also the title sponsor of today’s race. Hornish was able to get away from the whole field, including eventual winner Joey Logano. On lap 45, one of the fastest cars in the race driven by Austin Dillon had a vibration. Dillon’s crew changed right side tires and not soon after we saw a debris caution allowing Dillon to get the lucky dog.
Once again, all the lead lap drivers pitted under the yellow. This time Paul Menard took advantage of just taking two tires and he restarted on the outside of the front row in first. His teammate Elliott Sadler would restart right alongside him. Menard would keep the lead until the next caution came out. Remember Brad Sweet? Well, Sweet took the Turner Motorsports No.38 Great Clips Toyota for another spin. This was just not a good day for him. He wouldn’t be done spinning either.
Menard restarted as the leader once again. At this point, Menard seemed to have the dominant car. By the halfway point the top five included; Paul Menard, James Buescher, Elliott Sadler, Kurt Busch and Cole Whitt. With about 35 laps to go, Paul Menard made his final pit stop but something bizarre happened. His right rear tire changer was changing the tire when the exhaust pipe let out a ton of smoke right in the crew members face. This slowed the team down just a little bit but it was enough that when green flag stops cycled out, Menard gave up the lead to his teammate Elliott Sadler. This lead didn’t last though. Sadler caught lap car Joe Nemechek which slowed him down and Joey Logano made a run on him taking the lead. A caution was soon to follow when Danica was too aero loose and she went for a spin almost making contact with the inside wall.
Now there were about 25 to go on the restart. Logano got a nice jump over Sadler and Sadler fell way back. Initially, a lot of people thought Logano had it in the bag but Brad Sweet and Danica Patrick almost changed that. Danica got loose under Sweet and both spun causing the next caution. Danica made significant contact with the outside wall.
This time, Logano started alongside Paul Menard. Yet again, Logano got a good restart getting away from Menard but just a few laps later Josh Richards got loose which caused him to get out of the gas and Jamie Dicks slammed into the back of the No.39 car, bringing out the caution. Neither car would finish the race because of this. This wreck caused a red flag. James Buescher would restart 2nd. Second place was a place you didn’t want to be today though, but Austin Dillon made a deal with Buescher where he gave the 30 help on the restart.
Logano got off to a good final restart. Dillon was not able to get to Buescher’s bumper and couldn’t help him all that much. Buescher was not going to give up though. He never let Logano get away. Logano took the white flag. Going into turn one and two Buescher had a run on Logano and got to the inside of him but didn’t quite have enough and Logano would go on to win yet another race in the Nationwide Series. The rest of the top 5 after Logano and Buescher was Kurt Busch, Cole Whitt and Austin Dillon. This was Logano’s fifth Nationwide Series victory of the season. To say Logano is on fire is an understatement. Logano is cruising to victories and dominating the Nationwide Series. Next week the Nationwide Series heads to Wisconsin for a race at Road America, the first road course race of the season.
Results via Nascar.com
|1||3||18||Joey Logano||Toyota||Dollar General||0||125||Running|
|2||4||30||James Buescher||Chevrolet||Amway / Gaddes Foundation||0||125||Running|
|3||15||54||Kurt Busch||Toyota||Monster Energy||0||125||Running|
|4||2||88||Cole Whitt *||Chevrolet||Clean Coal||41/1||125||Running|
|5||1||3||Austin Dillon *||Chevrolet||AdvoCare||40/1||125||Running|
|6||11||12||Sam Hornish Jr.||Dodge||Alliance Truck Parts||39/1||125||Running|
|7||13||20||Michael McDowell||Toyota||Pizza Ranch||0||125||Running|
|9||17||11||Brian Scott||Toyota||Dollar General||35/0||125||Running|
|10||9||22||Brad Keselowski||Dodge||Discount Tire||0||125||Running|
|11||6||2||Elliott Sadler||Chevrolet||OneMain Financial||34/1||125||Running|
|12||18||43||Michael Annett||Ford||Pilot Flying J||32/0||125||Running|
|13||16||44||Mike Bliss||Toyota||Bandit Chippers||31/0||125||Running|
|15||23||87||Joe Nemechek||Toyota||AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves||29/0||125||Running|
|16||14||70||Johanna Long *||Chevrolet||Foretravel Motorcoach||28/0||125||Running|
|17||22||14||Jeff Green||Toyota||Hefty / Reynolds Wrap||27/0||125||Running|
|18||5||7||Danica Patrick||Chevrolet||GoDaddy.com / Kickstartamerica.us||27/1||125||Running|
|19||19||81||Jason Bowles *||Toyota||American Majority||25/0||124||Running|
|20||30||01||Mike Wallace||Chevrolet||Tradebank / Carl Ent||24/0||124||Running|
|21||28||19||Tayler Malsam||Toyota||G-Oil / Ryobi||23/0||124||Running|
|23||36||108||Tony Raines||Ford||Black Cat Fireworks||0||124||Running|
|24||12||38||Brad Sweet *||Chevrolet||Great Clips||20/0||123||Running|
|25||20||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing||19/0||123||Running|
|28||37||124||Angela Cope||Chevrolet||Dillon Manufacturing / United Mobile Auctions||16/0||119||Running|
|29||21||23||Jamie Dick||Chevrolet||Viva Auto Group||15/0||116||Accident|
|30||24||39||Josh Richards||Ford||NSW Kids||14/0||116||Accident|
|31||31||51||Jeremy Clements||Chevrolet||Diamond Pistons||14/1||76||Engine|
|32||35||50||T.J. Bell||Chevrolet||Hantz Bank / Gulf Coast Loss Prevention||12/0||56||Engine|
|34||10||199||Kenny Wallace||Toyota||Family Farmers||10/0||32||Engine|
|35||42||52||Tim Schendel||Chevrolet||Victory Precision Valves||9/0||15||Overheating|
|36||34||15||Blake Koch||Chevrolet||Rick Ware Racing||8/0||12||Vibration|
|37||38||175||Scott Riggs||Chevrolet||Rick Ware Racing||0||11||Engine|
|38||29||46||Chase Miller||Chevrolet||Curtis Key Plumbing||6/0||9||Overheating|
|39||26||42||Josh Wise||Chevrolet||Curtis Key Plumbing||0||8||Engine|
|40||41||171||Michael Guerity||Chevrolet||Rick Ware Racing||4/0||6||Vibration|
|41||40||47||Matt DiBenedetto||Chevrolet||Curtis Key Plumbing||3/0||5||Vibration|
|42||25||10||Kevin Lepage||Toyota||TriStar Motorsports||2/0||4||Vibration|
|43||43||174||Mike Harmon||Chevrolet||Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink||1/0||1||Vibration|