Logano remains hot in Nationwide with Michigan win|
Brooklyn, MI (Sports Network) - Joey Logano held off a furious challenge from
James Buescher after a restart in the closing laps to win Saturday's Alliance
Truck Parts 250 Nationwide Series race at the newly paved Michigan
An accident involving Jamie Dick and Josh Richards occurred with less than 10
laps remaining. NASCAR had to briefly stop the race after Richards' car
erupted into flames and dropped fluid on the track.
Logano led the way for the final restart with four laps to go, but Buescher
challenged him for the top position. Buescher attempted to pass Logano during
the final lap but could not pull it off.
"I thought I was going to get Joey on that last lap," Buescher said. "I peeked
to the inside, and when I got down to the flatter part of the banking, the car
just got loose."
Logano crossed the finish line 0.2 seconds ahead of Buescher for his fifth
Nationwide win this season and the 14th of his career.
"I knew what (Buescher) was doing the whole time, laying back there and making
that run on the last lap," Logano said. "I knew he was going to slide it down
in (turn) one, and I felt as long as I had position on him, I could pin him
down enough to get a big lead coming off the corner. He did exactly what I
thought he was going to do, and I was able to work my game plan and come out
ahead enough to win the race."
Four of Logano's Nationwide wins this year have come in his last five starts.
He also claimed his second career Sprint Cup Series victory last Sunday at
"I've had a lot of confidence in myself lately and knowing what I can with a
race car," he said. "I feel like I'm feeding my crew chiefs the best
information, and they're doing the best job they can do to give me the best
Logano had very little time to celebrate his latest win, as he had to return
to the track moments after the Nationwide race to participate in an additional
Sprint Cup practice session. Goodyear made a tire change for Sunday's 400-mile
race at Michigan. A tougher left-side tire will be used on the cars after
teams had tires that were blistering during Friday's practice sessions.
Kurt Busch, who returned to NASCAR competition this weekend after serving a
one-week suspension for violating his probation, finished third. Rookies Cole
Whitt and Austin Dillon, the pole sitter, rounded out the top-five.
When Busch was asked during his post-race news conference what it was like to
be back in the race car after his week off, he simply replied, "It was great
to drive the car."
Earlier in the day, the top-20 drivers in Nationwide qualifying at Michigan
had speeds faster than the previous track record of 186.548 mph, set by Greg
Biffle in 2007. This two-mile track received a new coat of asphalt during the
Dillon moved to within eight points of leader Elliott Sadler, who finished
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dropped to third in points (-27) following another poor
finish. Stenhouse, the defending Nationwide champion, endured a mechanical
problem midway through the race and ended up with a 25th-place run. He
finished 26th last month at Charlotte and 32nd two weeks ago at Dover.
"I am glad we are out of Michigan and going somewhere else," Stenhouse said.
"I never thought I would look forward to a road course, but we do now."
The Nationwide Series will run its first road-course race of the season next
weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.
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