Saturday, September 29, 2012

Joey Logano sweeps the 2012 Nationwide races at Dover

Photo by Beth Bence Reinke for Skirts and Scuffs   
After 200 laps on concrete at the Monster Mile, Joey Logano made his way to Victory Lane for the second time this year. Logano was sixth-fastest in final practice and rolled off the grid third for the OneMain Financial 200.

After taking the lead on Lap 14, the No. 18 SportClips Toyota dominated the race, leading 184 of 200 laps. The victory marks his 16th win in 105 career Nationwide Series starts. Logano has seven NNS wins in 2012, which includes two at Dover.

Photo by Beth Bence Reinke
Post-race, Logano praised crew chief Adam Stevens for making the right adjustments on the car.

“I told Adam that my monster trophy from last time was lonely and needed a friend so I’m glad I was able to get one for him. This was the last race for Sport Clips for the year so I was happy to be able to get them another victory. Adam Stevens – I don’t know what to say. He’s amazing. He’s given me some great race pieces seven times this year. Can’t thank him enough – second time we came here this year with a dominant race car and leading a ton of laps.”

Paul Menard had an impressive run in the No. 33 Menards/Rheem Chevrolet. After qualifying tenth, Menard ran in the top ten for the majority of the event and took home a second-place finish. Michael Annett was the third-place finisher in the Pilot/Flying J Ford for his first top-10 finish in eight races at Dover.

The 18 atop the scoring pylon at Dover
Photo by Beth Bence Reinke
Caution report:
Lap 47: Competition caution
Lap 117: Oil on the track from No. 51, Jeremy Clements
Lap 177: Oil on the track from No. 39, Tim Andrews

Race notes: 

1. It was the first career pole for Darrell Wallace Jr. in the No. 20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing.

2. After running up front for the first half of the race, Justin Allgaier cut a tire and after visiting the garage, finished in 30th, 36 laps down. Allgaier led 13 laps.

3. Brian Scott started 38th in the No. 11 car, but fought his way up to a seventh place finish. Scott had an emotional post-race interview, remembering his grandmother who passed away just days ago. In tears, Scott said he wanted nothing more than to win for his grandma.

4. Hornish Jr. finished 18th coming off a second-place finish last week. With 35 to go, a tire going down forced him to pit from the second position, dropping him back to the teens.

5. Kasey Kahne started fifth and ran in the top five most of the race, but had a throttle issue and fell back to 11th with about 15 to go.

6. Mike Bliss started at the tail end of the field for missing the drivers meeting.

Finishing order:
1. Joey Logano
2. Paul Menard
3. Michael Annett
4. Elliott Sadler
5. Kyle Busch
6. Cole Whitt #
7. Brian Scott
8. Kasey Kahne
9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
10. Austin Dillon #
11. Mike Bliss
12. Darrell Wallace Jr.
13. Ryan Blaney
14. Ryan Truex
15. Jeff Green
16. Danica Patrick
17. Joe Nemechek
18. Sam Hornish Jr.
19. Alex Bowman
20. Jason Bowles #
21. Mike Wallace
22. Blake Koch
23. JJ Yeley
24. Timmy Hill
25. Jamie Dick
26. Eric McClure
27. Jeremy Clements
28. Brad Teague
29. Tim Andrews
30. Justin Allgaier
31. Erik Darnell
32. Justin Jennings
33. Tony Raines
34. Kevin Lepage
35. Danny Elfland
36. Scott Riggs
37. Carl Long
38. Chase Miller
39. Josh Wise
40. Michael McDowell
41. TJ Bell
42. Kelly Bires
43. Charles Lewandoski
# = rookie

For Nationwide points standings, click here.

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Beth Bence Reinke is a columnist, support editor & media rep for Skirts and Scuffs. She writes "Gibbs Garage," Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup team recaps, for the 2012 season. Her column, “Faith on the Frontstretch,” explores the role of faith in motorsports. Beth is also the author of Race Fans’ Devotions to Go, a devotional book geared toward female NASCAR fans. Follow her on Twitter at @bbreinke or reach her at bbreinke@skirtsandscuffs.com

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