A last-minute change in pit strategy by No. 22 crew chief Jeremy Bullins got his car and driver, Joey Logano, off pit road first during a caution that came out on lap 162 of the 200-lap 5-Hour Energy 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Saturday. And Logano was able to keep the No. 22 up front the rest of the way to collect the win.
“Jeremy made a great call on that,” Logano said. “The call was four, and he watched a couple of cars come down pit road and he sai, ‘Two, two, two, two.’ The pit crew did a great job changing the plan and getting us in clean air, and it was up to me to hold them off.”
The win was Logano’s third-consecutive Nationwide Series victory at Dover, with the other two coming from behind the wheels of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. But the win on Saturday was for current boss, Roger Penske.
“It’s amazing to finally win for the Captain, Roger Penske,” Logano said. “This is my favorite race track. I love coming up to the Northeast where I am from.”
After Austin Dillon started the race from the pole and led laps early, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne took over and, for the most part, occupied the top-two spots in the running order until the lap 162 caution when they opted to take four tires while several others took two.
“I don’t think we had anything for the 54 (Busch),” Bullins said. “we just had to get off sequence from him.”
After taking four, Busch was mired back in 10th on the following restart, and Kahne was in similar territory. By the end, Busch made his way up to the top-five to finish fifth. Kahne wound up sixth.
Brian Vickers finished second after holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth for the position.
“It was a great points day, but obviously I really wanted to win,” Vickers said.
Kenseth finished third. He also took tire tires during the lap 162 caution to regain positions he lost on pit road during another caution earlier in the race when he stalled his car.
Trevor Bayne finished fourth, also taking two tires during the same caution.
“That two-tire stop got us in the game, there,” Bayne said. “We need that to get some track position. We’re going to work on our qualifying efforts, so we don’t have to do that.”
Finishing seventh through 10th were Sam Hornish Jr., Dillon, Regan Smith and Kyle Larson.
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