Joey Logano grabbed the lead from his Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr on a restart with 15 laps to go and drove to victory in the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. Logano led a total of 35 of the 200 laps en route to his 20th career Nationwide Series win and second of the 2013 season.
Sam Hornish Jr finished second to give Penske Racing a 1-2 finish. Hornish also jumped Regan Smith to grabbed the points lead exiting Chicago.
"I had to do my part in getting the lead and Penske the 1-2 finish so that's pretty cool getting that 1-2," Logano said in victory lane. "That's huge for points for this 22 car and the 12 car. So we will try to get the owners championship and the drivers championship."
The No. 22 team is now 34 points behind Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 team after Joey Coulter finished 14th.
Hornish Jr started the STP 300 from the pole but the race immediately went under yellow conditions when Joey Gase blew his engine at the drop of the green flag. The race restarted on lap 9 with Hornish getting out to a lead over Elliott Sadler. By lap 25 he had a 1.1 second lead.
Hornish had a 2.3 second lead on lap 48 when the second caution came out when Harrison Rhodes blew an engine. On the ensuing pit stops Sadler's team got him the lead over Hornish. Hornish was then forced to the tail of the field in 20th for speeding entering the pits.
The race restarted on lap 54 with Joey Logano getting past Sadler. Sadler would regain the lead from Logano on lap 57 and start to pull away. By lap 75 Sadler had a 1.3 second lead over Austin Dillon and Hornish had worked his back to eighth.
On lap 89 Alex Bowman had a voltage issue and had to make a green flag pit stop. He was running in 13th at the time but finished in 31st.
A round of green flag stops started on lap 102 with Sadler. His team took a long time in fueling the car which cost him the lead when the stops cycled through. On lap 107 when the pit stops were over it was Austin Dillon with a three second lead over Sadler. Matt Crafton, who was having a solid top 10 run in the No. 33 for Richard Childress Racing, had to make a second stop on lap 112 for a loose wheel which dropped him off the lead lap when the third caution came out on lap 115.
Travis Pastrana had blew a left-front tire after he made contact with Nelson Piquet Jr. Pastrana finished as the first car one lap down in 18th.
The race restarted on lap 119 with Dillon holding off a challenge from Sadler. The fourth caution then came out on lap 128 when Regan Smith got loose and spun off Turn 4 and into the infield grass. On the pit stops Joey Logano's team took two tires which got him in third place for the restart behind Kyle Larson and Mike Bliss who stayed out.
Larson was able to lead the first green flag lap back on lap 133 but Logano took the lead on lap 134. His two-tires started to give up time and on lap 145 Sadler went back to the lead. On lap 163 the top three was Sadler, Hornish, and Vickers after Vickers passed Dillon. Logano had faded to fifth.
The fifth caution came out on lap 170 when Mike Bliss spun trying to get to pit road. That set up the last pit stops where Sadler got off with the lead ahead of Hornish and Logano. Brian Vickers' team had a tough stop which dropped him to eighth for the lap 176 restart.
The leaders battled almost four-wide with Loagno having a nose ahead to lead that lap. Hornish then passed Logano to lead lap 177 and then the sixth caution flew on lap 178 for Reed Sorenson's blown engine.
That set up the final restart on lap 185 where Logano was able to get the better of Hornish and grab control of the race. Brian Vickers caught the wall off Turn 2 which damaged his car but he still battled to fifth and into next week's last Dash 4 Cash event.
Logano picked up the win with Hornish in second. Austin Dillon finished third and picked up the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash check by finishing higher than Vickers, Brian Scott, and Michael Annett. Elliott Sadler finished fourth after leading a race-high 81 laps. Vickers finished fifth. The four drivers that will got to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a chance to win the last Dash 4 Cash race will be Hornish, Dillon, Sadler, and Vickers.
Parker Kligerman finished sixth, Trevor Bayne seventh, Justin Allgaier eighth, Brad Sweet ninth, and Matt Crafton tenth. Brian Scott was 11th, Kyle Larson 12th, Regan Smith 13th, Joey Coulter 14th, Dakoda Armstrong 15th, Michael Annett 16th, and Nelson Piquet Jr 17th as the last lead lap car.
Hornish took the points lead from Regan Smith and leads Smith by seven points. Austin Dillon is eight points back in third, Elliott Sadler is fourth and 20 points behind, and Justin Allgaier is fifth 22 points back. Brian Vickers is sixth, Kyle Larson seventh, Brian Scott eighth, Trevor Bayne ninth, and Parker Kligerman tenth.
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