NNS: Logano Wins Fifth Nationwide Race of the Season

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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

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
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
8 7 33 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards 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
14 8 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 31/1 125 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
22 27 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet TheMotorsportsGroup.com 22/0 124 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
26 32 41 Timmy Hill Ford Poynt.com 18/0 123 Running
27 33 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet Tradebank 17/0 122 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
33 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet MorganShepherd.com 11/0 42 Handling
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
* Denotes Rookie
 

 
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