Apparently, Logano and his crew chief discovered something the last time the series visited Dover earlier this year, because back then, Logano finally claimed his first Nationwide win at the track. He didn’t wait so long, though, to make his second visit to Dover’s victory lane.
Logano dominated Saturday’s One Main Financial 200 on his way to the win, a sweep of the 2012 NNS races at the track. Not only was it Logano’s second win at Dover on the year, it was his seventh trip to a Nationwide victory lane in 2012.
“He’s given me great pieces seven times this year,” Logano said of Stevens.
Logano may have made it look easy, taking the lead from Justin Allgaier on lap 14 of the 200-lap race and leading most of the remaining laps, with the exception of a handful of laps led by Kasey Kahne under caution, but according to Stevens it wasn’t quite that simple.
“We had to fight for this,” Stevens said after the race, referring to the work done on the car from the time the team unloaded on Friday to get it prepared to dominate on Saturday.
While the lead position had Logano’s name on it pretty much all race long, for awhile, the second spot in the running order was no place to be.
For much of the race, Justin Allgaier ran second to Logano, but he gave up the second spot to turn down pit road and head to the garage because of a track bar issue around lap 145.
When Allgaier gave up second, Sam Hornish Jr. took the spot. But with 34 laps to go, Hornish headed down pit road because of an issue with his right rear tire. Then, it was Kahne Kahne’s turn at running second. But on a restart several laps later, Kahne’s car stumbled, causing him to fall back several spots.
Paul Menard, however, was able to overcome the second-place jinx, moving into the spot after it was vacated by Kahne and holding it for the remainder of the race.
Michael Annett finished second. Elliott Sadler overcame a slow pit stop early in the race to finish fourth.
“We played catch up most of the day,” Sadler said of making his way back toward the front.
With his top-five finish, Sadler added to his points lead over second-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. After Stenhouse finished the race ninth, Sadler moved out to a nine-point lead over Stenhouse, the reigning series champion.
Kyle Busch was fifth, Cole Whitt sixth, Brian Scott seventh and Kahne eighth. Austin Dillon rounded out the top-10.
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