Joey Logano dominates at Dover as Elliott Sadler extends his lead in the points standings
Joey Logano is victorious once again. Logano dominated the One Main Financial 200 at the Dover International Speedway to win his seventh race this year in just 17 attempts.
With the win, Logano has a 41.2 winning percentage this year according to the ESPN broadcast.
Logano dominated the race, leading an astonishing 184 of the 200 laps. But, his dominance wasn’t the main story at Dover on this overcast day.
The championship battle between Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Austin Dillon continued throughout the day. Sadler now leads the point standings by nine points over Stenhouse. Sadler’s teammate, Dillon, trails by 26 points after a tenth place finish.
Dillon nearly had a top five finish after running considerably well all day but, late in the race he got caught up on the final restart when Kasey Kahne catapulted to the back of the pack after spinning his tires.
Stenhouse finished ninth after battling an ill-handling car throughout the day. In a post-race interview, Stenhouse showed disappointment in his effort at Dover.
“It’s a finish. We’ll go onto Charlotte,” Stenhouse said who finished ninth.
Today’s pole sitter, Darrell Wallace Jr., finished 12th, his first finish outside of the top ten in four career starts.
“I’m not saying we’re a winning car, but we were definitely a top ten car,” said Wallace who failed to lead a single lap after starting out front.
Michael Annett had a career best finish today as he drove his Richard Petty Motorsports Ford to a third place finish.
Outside pole sitter, Justin Allgaier ended up having a terrible day as he broke a track bar mount which ruined his efforts. Allgaier ended up finishing 30th.
JR Motorsports had a decent day at the track. Cole Whitt drove his No. 88 car to a sixth place finish after battling Kyle Busch in the closing laps. His teammate, Danica Patrick struggled to stay in the top 20 throughout the race as she ended up finishing 16th.
The surprise of the day would have to be the Tristar Motorsports duo of Mike Bliss and Jeff Green. Bliss was contending for a top ten spot after the final restart, eventually giving way to Dillon in the closing laps to finish 11th. Green, on the other hand, finally got to run a full race after the departure of Tayler Malsam. Green proved that he can still be a contender as he finished 15th.
NASCAR’s number two series returns in two weeks at Charlotte as Elliott Sadler goes into the off-week with plenty of confidence.