Logano claims fourth straight Nationwide win at Dover
Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Joey Logano won a Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway for a record fourth time after conserving enough fuel in the late going of Saturday's 5-Hour Energy 200.
Logano, the pole sitter, drove the final 85 laps around this one-mile, concrete-surfaced racetrack without pitting. He passed Kyle Busch for the lead with 59 laps to go and then was untouchable from there, beating his closest competitor, Kyle Larson, to the finish line by 15 seconds.
It was Logano's third Nationwide victory of the season and the 21st of his career. He made his series debut at Dover in May 2008. Logano became the seventh different driver in series history to win four races in a row at the same track.
"This is a huge deal," Logano said. "To get four in a row here, this is my favorite racetrack. I just have a lot of fun here."
Logano led the first 18 laps before Busch took over the top spot. Busch opted not to pit in any one of the only two cautions in this race that occurred within the first 40 laps. Busch's first stop came on lap 87, allowing Logano to grab the lead again.
On lap 116, Logano made his second and final stop. Busch pitted for the last time when he was running second to Logano with 25 laps to go. Logano then built a sizeable lead over Larson.
"I was just going off of what (crew chief) Jeremy (Bullins) was telling me," Logano said. "He was giving me intervals of how far the second-place car was."
Dover marked the 11th win for Penske Racing's No. 22 team in 2013. Last weekend at Kentucky, Ryan Blaney became the fourth different driver to take the No. 22 car to victory lane in a Nationwide race this season.
Logano's car, though, failed post-race inspection when officials discovered both sides of the front end were too low. It's likely NASCAR will hand down penalties to his team early next week.
Larson's second-place run matched his career-best finish in the series. He also finished in the runner-up spot at Bristol and Michigan earlier this year. Larson had finished 32nd and 33rd in the last two races.
"We'll take a second," Larson said. "It's been a bad month of racing for us.
Kevin Harvick placed third, followed by Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler. Only the top-four drivers finished on the lead lap.
Austin Dillon's sixth-place run coupled with a 17th-place finish for Sam Hornish Jr. allowed Dillon to trim Hornish's lead in the championship standings to just four points.
Hornish dealt with an ill-handling car early in the race and then received a pit-road speeding penalty during his last stop.
"We had a variety of different issues," Hornish said. "Something happened with the car during that first 50 laps when we decided to take two tires there (on the first pit stop). The car just would not handle at all after that. We ended up losing a lap under green."
Busch wound up finishing eighth after he pitted out of sequence throughout this 200-lap race. He ran in front for a total of 89 laps before giving up the top spot to Logano on lap 142. Logano led the most laps with 106.
Parker Kligerman finished seventh, while Trevor Bayne and Mike Bliss completed the top-10.
09/28 20:14:57 ET