Logano outruns Truex for Dover Nationwide win
Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Joey Logano charged from seventh to first within the final 43 laps to win Saturday's 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Logano put on a dominating performance by leading 154 of 200 laps but had to pit after he made contact with rookie Tim Bainey Jr. in the late going. Bainey crashed into the wall, which forced the sixth and final caution with 49 laps remaining.
Ryan Truex, the pole sitter, took over the lead while Logano ran in seventh for the final restart. Truex was on his way to winning his first Nationwide race, but Logano grabbed the lead from him with six laps to go when he came up on two lapped cars running side-by-side.
"It's just frustrating," Truex said. "I figured they would both go outside, because they're about 20 laps down each and three seconds slower. I don't know if they had bad spotters or not, but to race each other in front of the leader like that is just not smart."
Logano crossed the finish line 1.5 seconds ahead of Truex for his fourth win of the season and the 13th of his Nationwide career. He won at this one-mile, concrete-surfaced track for the first time.
"To work my way back up there was good and hard, but I was somewhat patient with it," Logano said. "I'm really excited about this win here. It's been a long time coming. I felt like I've lost a lot of them here."
Logano's first series start came at Dover four years ago.
Truex, who hails from nearby Mayetta, New Jersey, underwent emergency surgery to remove his appendix last week. He was medically cleared several days before this race. The two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion is running just a seven-race Nationwide schedule for JGR this season. He is also the younger brother of Sprint Cup Series regular Martin Truex Jr.
"I'll get (a win) eventually; it's just tough," Ryan Truex said.
Brian Scott finished third to give Joe Gibbs Racing a 1-2-3 sweep at Dover.
Kurt Busch and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top five. After the race, Busch and Allgaier had a heated discussion on pit road. The two made contact with each other multiple times early in the race.
"At the initial start of the race, (Allgaier) started packing underneath someone and got loose in front of me, and he thinks I purposely hit him," Busch said. "I'm on probation, so I can't even pick my nose the right way."
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crashed early and wound up finishing 32nd. Stenhouse came to Dover with a 13-point lead over Elliott Sadler, but he is now 12 points behind Sadler, who finished seventh.
"I just lost it," Stenhouse said of his accident. "I wasn't up on the wheel and just kind of riding around until that competition caution (lap 41) and just got behind on the steering. It was driver error, totally my fault."
This is the second straight race Stenhouse has endured a poor finish. One week ago at Charlotte, he suffered a broken driveshaft and ended up finishing 26th. Sadler placed fifth in that race.
"It isn't the two weeks we want," Stenhouse added. "We had a part failure last week, and this week is my doing. You will have races like these."
Rookie Austin Dillon finished sixth, while his younger brother, Ty, placed eighth in his Nationwide debut. James Buescher was ninth and Jeremy Clements 10th.
Danica Patrick finished 30th after she was involved in a crash with Brad Sweet on lap 133. Patrick got bumped from behind by Sam Hornish Jr., which triggered the incident.
"I was racing the car in front of me, and the car behind me was racing me, so I have to see the replay to know what happened," Patrick said.
Last month, Patrick and Hornish had a run-in at Talladega, with Patrick retaliating at the end of the race by intentionally wrecking Hornish. NASCAR did not penalize her for the post-race incident.
06/02 18:40:29 ET