NNS: Logano dominates, yet steals a win at Dover

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With ten laps to go, the 5-Hour Energy 200 was Ryan Truex’s race to lose with nearly a two second lead over second place Joey Logano.

As the laps wound down, Truex began to catch lapped traffic while battling handling issues with his Toyota. With only one group of lapped cars to catch, Truex would make an error that would cost him his first career win.

Catching the lapped cars of Brad Teague and Jamie Dick, Truex tried to split the pair of drivers battling for position up the middle and drive away to victory.

When the lane Truex tried to pass the two drivers with disappeared, he slowed coming off turn two. By the time Truex finally got around the two drivers, he was side-by-side with Logano entering turn three with six laps to go.

Truex was never able to gain ground back on Logano who had the dominant car on the day and went on to grab his first victory at Dover International Speedway.

“I figured they’d both go outside, they were about 20 laps down each,” said Truex to ESPN reporters after the race. “I don’t know if they had spotters or not, but to race each other in front of the leader like that..it’s just not smart.

“But, I don’t want to put anyone down or name any names or anything like that. Probably could have picked a better way to get around them.

“It’s just frustrating. I’m fortunate to be on this team, I wish it was more than seven times a year but hopefully we can do more. I’ll get one eventually. It’s just tough.”

Logano dominated the 200 lap event, leading 154 of the laps to take his fourth win of the 2012 season in the Nationwide Series.

“It was pretty intense moment inside the car trying to catch Ryan,” said Logano in victory lane. “I was running hard, but somewhat patient with it.

“Ryan got caught up with lapped traffic there and I got a big run and got on the outside.

“Excited about the win here. Been a long time coming, felt like I’ve lost a lot of them here. Been really close to being able to win here. To finally get it really means a lot.”

Although he dominated the majority of the race, Logano had to fight his way back through the pack after a four tire pit stop with under 50 laps to go put him back to seventh for the final restart of the race.

“We came in and took for there and I thought, ‘Oh no, we gave another one away here at Dover’,” said Logano. “Adam Stevens and the guys gave me one heck of a car to work my way back up there.”

As if sweeping the top-two spots and leading 197 of the 200 laps wasn’t enough for the Joe Gibbs Racing bunch, they also managed to grab the third spot with Brian Scott posting his best result of the 2012 season.

While all appears peachy at JGR, the race for the Nationwide Series championship got even more interesting after points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. smashed his Ford into the back stretch wall less than 40 laps into the event.

By finishing in the seventh position and Stenhouse back in 32nd, Elliott Sadler leaves Dover with a twelve point lead heading into the next race at Michigan International Speedway on June,16.

Results of the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Ryan Truex
  3. Brian Scott
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Justin Allgaier
  6. Austin Dillon
  7. Elliott Sadler
  8. Ty Dillon
  9. James Buescher
  10. Jeremy Clements
  11. Michael Annett
  12. Parker Kligerman
  13. Sam Hornish Jr.
  14. Cole Whitt
  15. Jason Bowles
  16. Tayler Malsam
  17. Jeff Green
  18. Mike Wallace
  19. Joe Nemechek
  20. John Wes Townley
  21. Jamie Dick
  22. Josh Richards
  23. Brad Sweet
  24. T.J. Bell
  25. Brad Teague
  26. Joey Gase
  27. Erik Darnell
  28. Tim Bainey Jr.
  29. Morgan Shepard
  30. Danica Patrick
  31. Timmy Hill
  32. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  33. Mike Bliss
  34. Mike Harmon
  35. Matt Carter
  36. Scott Riggs
  37. Josh Wise
  38. Scott Speed
  39. Kevin Lepage
  40. Tim Andrews
  41. Blake Koch
  42. Matt DiBenedetto

 

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