Menard slides into Michigan win

June 14, 2014 No Comments
Photo Credit: Motor Racing Network

Photo Credit: Motor Racing Network

Brian Wiggins, Senior Writer 

With five laps to go, everything looked to be wrapped up in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Joey Logano was increasing his lead in his No.22 Team Penske Ford and looked to have his second Nationwide Series win at Michigan International Speedway wrapped up.

That was until a flat, right-rear tire ended Logano’s bid for the win, sending him to pit road and Paul Menard to the lead.

“I was trying to run him down and I would catch him just a little bit, but I wasn’t going to get him,” Menard said after the race. “I thought that the best car was going to finish second again.”

Menard completed the final four circuits around the two-mile,d-shaped oval with Sam Hornish Jr. not far behind. However, the challenge wasn’t enough as Menard went on to take the win in the Ollie’s 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

“The best car won today,” Menard said in victory lane. “I thought I gave it away on that last restart trying to make something happen and got freight trained and got too far back to make anything happen.”

Saturday win was the second of Menard’s Nationwide Series career. His only other win in the series came at the Milwaukee Mile (Madison,WI) back in June,2006.

While Menard was celebrating in the joys of victory, Logano was relegated to a disappointing sixteenth-place finish.

“I ran over something at some point…I don’t know..pretty much sucks,” Logano said. “I could tell it was going down on the backstretch and I went into three and chased it up the track and we had to pit. Hate giving them away like that.”

Logano lead the race three different times for a total of forty-three laps, but he might as well have finished fortieth and led no laps if the race didn’t end with him in victory lane.

“Man, that’s racin’ for ya,” Logano continued. “Sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield.”

Nationwide Series points leader, Regan Smith, finished seventh in his JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Smith now holds  fourteen-point advantage over second place championship driver, Elliott Sadler.

“I was happy with seventh because we couldn’t get our nose to stop vibrating the entire time,” Smith said after the race. 

Next up for the Nationwide Series is the first road course race of the 2014 season as the series heads to Elkhart Lake,Wisc for the two-hundred-mile event at Road America.

Ollie’s 250 Unofficial Results 

1: Paul Menard

2: Sam Hornish Jr.

3: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

4: Kyle Busch

5: Brian Scott

6: Chase Elliott

7: Regan Smith

8: Kyle Larson

9: Ty Dillon

10: Chris Buescher

11: Ryan Reed

12: Ross Chastain

13: Ryan Sieg

14: Landon Cassill

15: James Buescher

16: Joey Logano

17: Elliott Sadler

18: Mike Bliss

19: Dakoda Armstrong

20: Jeremy Clements

21: JJ Yeley

22: Brendan Gaughan

23: Jeff Green

24: Blake Koch

25: Jeffery Earnhardt

26: Josh Wise

27: Joey Gase

28: Mike Harmon

29: Ryan Elliss

30: Trevor Bayne

31: Dylan Kwasniewski

32: Harrison Rhodes

33: Jamie Dick

34: Carl Long

35: Derrike Cope

36: Tanner Berryhill

37: Matthew Carter

38: Tommy Jo Martins

39: Kevin Lepage

40: Tim Schendel

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