Logano outruns teammate Hornish Jr. for Chicagoland win
Joliet, IL (Sports Network) - Joey Logano won Sunday's STP 300 Nationwide
Series race after he passed his Penske Racing teammate, Sam Hornish Jr., on a
restart with 15 laps to go at Chicagoland Speedway.
Logano, who was the only Sprint Cup Series regular competing in this 300-mile
event, held off Hornish at the finish by just 0.3 seconds for his second win
of the season and the 20th of his Nationwide career. He also won at
Chicagoland in 2009.
Sprint Cup took its final off weekend before racing resumes in one week at
"I don't know if we had the car to beat, but we kept working on the car," said
Logano, who led five times for a total of 35 laps in the No. 22 Penske Racing
Ford. "At the beginning of the race, it was kind of a third or fourth-place
car. (Crew chief) Jeremy (Bullins) made great changes throughout the race to
make it better."
Logano is sharing driving duties with Brad Keselowski, A.J. Allmendinger and
Ryan Blaney in the No. 22 car in Nationwide this year. Keselowski has won two
races and Allmendinger one during the season.
Hornish started on the pole and led the first 48 laps before he was penalized
for speeding on pit road. He spent most of the race battling his way back to
the front. Hornish regained the lead just before a caution on lap 178 but lost
it to Logano eight circuits later.
"It was tough there, because we had a really good race car," Hornish said.
"There was too much communication and nobody could talk when the pits were
opening. By the time I realized the pits were opened and I was coming, it was
pretty late. It's on me that I was speeding. But we could have done a little
bit better there."
With his second-place run, Hornish claimed the lead in the Nationwide point
standings. He holds a seven-point advantage over Regan Smith, who finished
13th following his spin on the frontstretch late in the event. Smith entered
this race with a five-point lead.
Austin Dillon finished third and claimed the $100,000 "Dash 4 Cash" bonus from
series-title sponsor Nationwide Insurance for the second race in a row. He
collected the cash award last weekend at New Hampshire.
"We had a good car but just needed a little bit more at the end," Dillon said.
Elliott Sadler, who won at Chicagoland one year ago, finished fourth after
leading the most laps with 81. Brian Vickers took the fifth spot one week
following his Sprint Cup victory at New Hampshire.
Hornish, Dillon, Sadler and Vickers will be eligible for the $100,000 bonus
next weekend at Indianapolis -- the final event in the Dash 4 Cash this
Parker Kligerman finished sixth, while Trevor Bayne placed seventh. Justin
Allgaier, Brad Sweet and Matt Crafton completed the top-10.
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