Saturday, May 12, 2012

Joey Logano wins his third Nationwide race this season


Joey Logano wins his third Nationwide race this season
Picture credit: Genevieve Cadorette
Friday night’s VFW Sports Clip Help a Hero 200 started with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the pole, but it was Joey Logano who took his General Dollar No. 20 Toyota to victory lane.

The news of the weekend was Danica Patrick and Travis Pastrana, both competing in their first race at Darlington Raceway.

Patrick was fast during practice. “I think I was pretty pleased with how it went,” she said. “I felt like we had some decent speed for the very first run and never being here before.” Patrick finished the race in 12th position, in one piece, and without attracting any unnecessary drama. On Saturday, Patrick returns for her second Cup race since Daytona, driving the No. 10 for Stewart-Haas Racing. 

Pastana also spoke with the media, and admitted that it was the first time he was scared in a stock car. He also went on to finish in one piece, without any incidents, and in 17th position.

The same cannot be said for rookie Ryan Blaney, who brought out the first caution on Lap 3. Collected in the wreck were the cars of Matt Frahm (No. 08), Casey Roderick (No. 24), Chase Miller (No. 46) and the No. 51 of Jeremy Clements. Blaney would retire from the race due to the damage sustained in the accident.

Mike Wallace brought out the second caution of the evening, hitting the wall in turn three in a single car accident.

Turn three proved to be problematic: T.J. Bell hit the wall to bring out the third caution, and Josh Richards also had some damage in that incident.

The fifth and final caution of the evening came out as Elliott Sadler led a restart (caution for Brendan Gaughan into the wall) and got hit from behind by Joey Logano. Sadler hit the outside wall, crossing the front nose of Denny Hamlin's car, causing minor damage. Kasey Kahne also hit the wall in the bunch up on the field.

Determined to get back on track and fight for the points, Sadler calmly instructed his team of the needed repairs, to a lost cause. The damage was terminal.

Over the scanner Logano said, "I did not mean to do that at all."

Logano shot out like a bullet on the final restart to the lead. Hamlin worked to pass him, but he couldn’t catch up in time to pass him for the win. After leading a total of four laps, Logano won his third Nationwide race this season.

Race results:
Sam Hornish Jr., Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski address
the media post-race.
Credit: Genevieve Cadorette/Skirts and Scuffs

1. Joey Logano
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Brad Kesolowski
4. Sam Hornish Jr.
5. Austin Dillon
6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
7. Brian Scott
8. Kurt Busch
9. James Buescher
10. Cole Whitt
11. Joe Nemechek
12. Danica Patrick
13. Justin Allgaier
14. Michael Annett
15. Mike Bliss
16. Timmy Hill
17. Travis Pastrana
18. Kasey Kahne
19. Jeff Green
20. Danny Efland
21. Jason Bowles
22. Morgan Shepherd
23. Jamie Dick
24. Elliott Sadler
25. Josh Richards
26. Brendan Gaughan
27. Derrike Cope
28. Matt Frahm
29. Erik Darnell
30. Mike Wallace
31. Tayler Malsam
32. T.J. Bell
33. Jeremy Clements
34. Blake Koch
35. Kevin Lepage
36. Tony Raines
37. Mike Harmon
38. Scott Riggs
39. Josh Wise
40. Casey Roderick
41. Chase Miller
42. Scott Speed
43. Ryan Blaney

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