Logano wins at Dover, Sadler widens points lead
Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Joey Logano won a Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway for the second time this year with a dominating performance in Saturday's OneMain Financial 200.
Logano led 184 of 200 laps on this one-mile, concrete-surfaced racetrack. He crossed the finish line 0.9 seconds ahead of his fellow Sprint Cup Series competitor Paul Menard for his seventh win of the season and the 16th of his Nationwide career.
"What a great car," Logano said. "The pit stops were amazing again. It was a lot of fun. I love this racetrack."
In June, Logano led 154 laps but had to pass Ryan Truex for the top spot with just six laps to go to win a Nationwide race at Dover for the first time.
"This is the second time this year that we came here with the dominant car and led a ton of laps," he added.
Logano's win capped off a perfect day for Joe Gibbs Racing at Dover. Darrell Wallace Jr., who drove the No. 20 car for JGR, won his first career Nationwide pole. Shortly after, Denny Hamlin captured the pole for Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup race here. Hamlin enters the third championship Chase event seven points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
Michael Annett finished third, while Elliott Sadler took the fourth spot and increased his lead in the championship point standings.
"We played catch up for most of the day, but we made some good adjustments there at the end and started picking them off," Sadler said. "We'll take a fourth-place finish."
Sadler now holds a nine-point advantage over defending Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished ninth.
"Our (car) was not as good as we thought it was going to be, for sure, but we did all we could do to finish ninth," Stenhouse said. "That was a tough race. The track just didn't have any grip. We struggled a lot."
Kyle Busch finished fifth, followed by rookie Cole Whitt, Brian Scott and Kasey Kahne. Austin Dillon, also a rookie this season, completed the top-10.
Dillon, who won last weekend's race at Kentucky, had been running among the top-five late in the race. After the final restart with 20 laps to go, he made contact with Kahne and sustained slight damage to the right-side of his car, which caused him to drop in the field. Dillon fell 25 points behind his Richard Childress Racing teammate Sadler.
Wallace gave up the lead on the opening lap to Justin Allgaier and then gradually slipped back in the field to finish 12th. Danica Patrick placed 16th. Allgaier had been running second to Logano for a majority of the race, but Allgaier suffered a mechanical issue with less than 70 laps remaining and ended up finishing 30th.
There are five races remaining, with the series taking next weekend off before running its Oct. 12 event at Charlotte.
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