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Joey Logano Becomes First Driver to Win Four Straight at Dover International Speedway

September 28th, 2013 at 6:16 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Joey Logano became the first driver in any series to win four straight races at Dover International Speedway on Saturday by taking his fourth consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Monster Mile. The win was the third of the 2013 season for Logano and 21st of his Nationwide career.

For the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford team the win marked the 11th of the 2013 season. The race turned into a fuel mileage race as the longest green flag run in the series this season and in series history at Dover took the race from a lap 41 restart all the way to lap 200 of the 5-Hour Energy 200. By the end Joey Logano had lapped all but three other drivers and won easily.

Logano started from the pole and would lead until lap 19 when Kyle Busch passed him. Busch started in fifth but showed he had the best car early on.

The first caution flew on lap 25 when Brian Scott spun. Scott was able to continue without hitting anything and finished 11th. Under that caution the top 10 stayed out with other drivers deeper in the field pitting including Regan Smith, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick and Trevor Bayne.

The race restarted on lap 39 with Kyle Busch holding the lead. The second caution then came out on lap 36 when Donnie Nuenberger spun off Turn 2 and hit the inside wall. Under this caution all the drivers that did not pit under the first caution came in except for race leader Kyle Busch.

Busch led for the lap 41 restart over Regan Smith, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick and Trevor Bayne who all stayed out this time. Joey Logano restarted in 18th after pitting for four tires.

By lap 54 Logano was up to fifth and Busch had a big lead. On lap 75 the running order was Busch, Harvick, Logano, Larson, and Smith. Landon Cassill was having a great run for JD Motorsports and was in sixth.

Kyle Busch pitted under green on lap 87 which gave the lead over to Logano. On lap 91 Cassill came to pit road as he felt his right-front tire going down. Regan Smith then started a round of green flag stops for everyone else on lap 109. Logano pitted from the lead on lap 115 and his team was confident they could make it to the finish without pitting again.

Under the green flag stops points leader Sam Hornish Jr speed on pit road and was forced to serve a pass through penalty.

Kyle Busch took over the lead on lap 120 but was still going to have to pit another time. On lap 130 the top five was Busch, Logano, Larson, Smith, and Harvick. Logano was running Busch down with fresher tires and on lap 141 Logano went into the lead.

Busch pitted from second on lap 175 which put him nearly two laps behind Logano. From there most drivers saved fuel to the finish as Logano eased to victory.

Kyle Larson in second, Kevin Harvick in third and Brian Vickers in fourth were the only other drivers on the lead lap. Elliott Sadler finished fifth, Austin Dillon sixth, Parker Kligerman seventh, Kyle Busch eighth, and Trevor Bayne ninth. Mike Bliss backed up his sixth place qualifying effort to finish tenth in Tri-Star's No. 19 Toyota.

Other notables in the finishing order were Justin Allgaier in 12th, Regan Smith 15th after having to pit late for fuel, Sam Hornish Jr 17th, Alex Bowman 18th, Landon Cassill 19th, and Travis Pastrana 22nd.

Sam Hornish Jr's speeding penalty was costly as his Nationwide Series points lead is now down to four points over Austin Dillon. Elliott Sadler is 42 points back in third, Regan Smith 43 back in fourth, and Brian Vickers 47 back in fifth. 

There are only five races left in the season with the next being at Kansas Speedway Saturday, October 5th.

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Tags: Austin Dillon, Brian Scott, Brian Vickers, dover international speedway, Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Mike Bliss, Motorsports, NASCAR Nationwide Series, Regan Smith, sam hornish jr, Trevor Bayne

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