When the NASCAR Nationwide Series last visited Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Joey Logano finally claimed his first win at the track. That first trip to victory lane there may have been a long time coming, but it didn’t take him long to make a repeat visit.
Logano dominated the One Main Financial 200 at Dover on Saturday, en route to his seventh win of the season and second of the year at DIS.
“He’s (crew chief Adam Stevens) given me great pieces seven times this year,” Logano said in victory lane. “Both of us just know what it takes to go fast here.”
After fellow-Joe Gibbs Racing driver Darrell Wallace Jr. started the race from the pole and Justin Allgaier took the lead on lap one, Logano moved to the front to take the lead on lap 14 and was the class of the field the remainder of the race.
Kasey Kahne did take the lead for a short time with pit strategy, taking only two tires to get off pit road first when a competition caution came out on lap 40, but Logano drove right by to retake the lead on the restart and didn’t look back.
Justin Allgaier ran second to Logano for much of the race but a track bar issue required a trip to the garage on lap 145, forcing Allgaier to pull out of the race from the second spot.
Second, apparently, wasn’t the place to be throughout the last half of the race. Sam Hornish Jr. and Kahne also experienced problems from the second position.
Hornish moved into the second spot after Allgaier gave up the position. But with 34 laps to go, Hornish had to pit because of a cut right rear tire. Kahne then assumed the spot.
On a resztart following the third and final caution of the race that came out with 23 laps to go, Kahne’s car stumbled, causing him to drop back from his second spot on the restart and lose several positions. Kahne’s car had also hiccuped earlier in the race on pit road.
Paul Menard moved up to the second spot after Kahne’s troubles, and unlike his predecessors, was able to hold the spot until the end of the race to finish in the runner-up spot.
Michael Annett finished third, and series points leader Elliott Sadler was fourth after a slow pit stop during the lap 40 caution and the loss of several positions soon after the restart resulted in Sadler having to work his way back toward the front of the field.
“We played catch-up most of the day,” Sadler said.
With his fourth-place finish, Sadler increased his points lead over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to nine points. Stenhouse finished the race in the ninth position.
Kyle Busch finished fifth. Other drivers in the top-10 included Cole Whtit in sixth, Brian Scott in seventh, Kahne in eight and Austin Dillon in the 10th spot.
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