Logano Wins His Eighth Nationwide Race of the Season

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Another complete domination of a Nationwide Race by Joey Logano occurred Friday night in Charlotte. Logano took the lead for the first time with under 70 laps to go and he dominated the Dollar General 300 from that point on. Logano has dominated the Nationwide Series this season and he won his eighth race of the season Friday night.

It took less than one lap before trouble struck. A slow start to the race caused for a chain reaction back in the pack and that chain reaction hurt Angela Cope’s car. Cope then blew her radiator and brought out the caution. After a lengthy clean-up period, the race resumed. It only took a few more laps for more carnage to occur on the track. Coming off of turn four, Sam Hornish Jr was racing Justin Allgaier and when Hornish Jr tried to clear Allgaier, Hornish was turned up into the wall. Allgaier held his line off turn four and Hornish tried to come up in front of Allgaier but he wasn’t clear just yet. Both Hornish Jr and Allgaier went behind the wall with heavy damage.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr took the lead on the restart and stayed up there for awhile. Stenhouse Jr led until lap 51 when Kevin Harvick took his first lead of the night. The third caution came out on lap 82 for Mike Bliss. Bliss got loose coming off turn four and he spun out, making contact with the outside wall and then he made hard contact with the inside wall. Championship contender Austin Dillon suffered a major blow during the pit stops under the caution. Dillon was given a pit road penalty for a tire issue. That set Dillon back in the pack with a lot of ground to make up.

The next yellow flag appeared on lap 90 for the No.38 of Brad Sweet who spun through the infield grass on the frontstretch. Brad Keselowski was the leader at the halfway point of the race followed by Logano, Stenhouse, Sadler and Hamlin. Kevin Harvick made a charge to the front with just under fifty laps to go and he took the lead with 45 laps to go.

All drivers needed to make quick pit stops to take on fuel before the race ended and we saw drivers start to make stops with around fourteen laps to go. Logano made his pit stop with fourteen laps to go and that turned out to be the money stop. Logano then returned to the lead once all the drivers made their stops. Logano then cruised around for the final few laps and took his eighth checkered flag of the year. Logano has essentially nothing to worry about so he can go all out for wins in any race he competes in this season. Logano is having a very strong year in the Nationwide Series and all Logano needs to do know is to transfer the dominance from the Nationwide series to the Cup series. If Logano can do that, he’ll become very hard to beat every time he’s on the racetrack.

Point’s leader Elliot Sadler finished the race third and he remains the points leader by thirteen points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse Jr finished seventh and he was not pleased with his performance. Stenhouse Jr is now falling down the point’s ladder at a time where he needs to climb up it. Austin Dillon ended up finishing sixth and he is 29 points behind Sadler. Dillon will need some miraculous races if he wants to hold up the championship trophy come Homestead.

The championship hunt continues to heat up and more things are going to be changing before Homestead. Sadler has the championship lead now but one bad race and he could see that disappear. To find out what happens next in the championship hunt, tune in next week at the Kansas Speedway.

Results via Nascar.com

1 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop   / Call Of Duty Black Ops II 0 200 Running
2 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Menards   / Rheem 0 200 Running
3 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain   Financial 42/1 200 Running
4 54 Kyle Busch Toyota Monster   Energy 0 200 Running
5 18 Denny Hamlin Toyota Dollar   General 0 200 Running
6 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet Bass   Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 38/0 200 Running
7 6 Ricky Stenhouse   Jr. Ford Cargill 38/1 200 Running
8 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar   General 37/1 200 Running
9 30 James Buescher Chevrolet AccuDoc   / Great Clips 0 200 Running
10 43 Michael Annett Ford Cheez-It   / Pilot Flying J 34/0 200 Running
11 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 33/0 200 Running
12 198 Reed Sorenson Ford Carroll   Shelby Motors 32/0 200 Running
13 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet Hellmann’s 31/0 200 Running
14 136 Ryan Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 30/0 198 Running
15 38 Brad Sweet * Chevrolet Great   Clips 29/0 198 Running
16 44 Jeff Green Toyota G-Oil 28/0 198 Running
17 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota HostGator.com 28/1 198 Running
18 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount   Tire 0 198 Running
19 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet USS   James E Williams DDG 95 / Flounder 25/0 198 Running
20 23 Robert   Richardson Jr. Chevrolet BrysonsFuel.org 24/0 196 Running
21 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet Curtis   Key Plumbing 23/0 196 Running
22 86 Kevin Lepage Ford Kengor   Metals 22/0 195 In Pit
23 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty /   Reynolds Wrap 21/0 195 Running
24 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Smith   Transport 20/0 195 Running
25 108 Kyle Fowler Ford Speedway   Children’s Charities / reload.biz 19/0 195 Running
26 124 David Starr Toyota Striping   Technologies Inc. / Highway 55 0 195 Running
27 39 Jeffrey   Earnhardt Ford Uponor 17/0 194 Running
28 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota Thrush   and Son / Hi Technologies 16/0 194 Running
29 15 Stanton Barrett Ford FAIRGirls.com 15/0 193 Running
30 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Nice   Fries 0 193 Running
31 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet Tradebank 13/0 192 In Pit
32 199 John Wes Townley   Toyota Zaxby’s 0 186 Running
33 41 Timmy Hill Ford Lilly   Trucking 0 176 Running
34 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt   Foundation 10/0 166 Running
35 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Wurth 9/0 104 Running
36 19 Mike Bliss Toyota G-Oil 8/0 81 In Pit
37 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet The   Motorsports Group 7/0 19 In Pit
38 47 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Curtis   Key Plumbing 0 18 In Pit
39 174 David Green Chevrolet Applebee’s 5/0 16 In Pit
40 175 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Rick   Ware Racing 0 14 In Pit
41 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet Key   Motorsports 0 14 In Pit
42 10 Charles   Lewandoski Toyota Tri-Star   Motorsports 2/0 12 Running
43 100 Angela Cope Toyota Highland   Wealth Advisors / Highway 55 0 0 In Pit




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