Joey Logano Captures 8th Nationwide Win of 2012 In The Dollar General 300

By Christy Valdez

Joey Logano added another win to his 2012 NASCAR season Friday night at Charlotte.

Logano captured the checkered flag Friday night in the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a race that was dominated by cup regulars all night. The win at Charlotte was Logano’s first at the track and his eighth of the 2012 Nationwide season.

The win at Charlotte was also Logano’s 17th Nationwide career win.

Kevin Harvick finished right behind Logano in second followed by Nationwide Series points leader Elliott SadlerKyle Busch and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

Brad Keselowski kept himself in the mix throughout the night but in a late race pit stop he did not get enough fuel to make it to the end. Keselowski would finish in 18th.

The race got off to a slow start when the caution flag made it’s first appearance in the first lap when Angela Cope blew her engine, not even making one lap on the track. As the race restarted the caution flag came back out for a collision between Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier.

Closing out the top ten were Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Brian Scott, James Buescher, and Michael Annett, also rounding out the only cars who finished on the lead lap.

Heading out of Charlotte Sadler holds on to the point lead. Sadler leads Stenhouse by 13 points. Dillon currently sits in third 29 points back and Hornish fell back to 96 points.

With Hornish now 93 points back it makes it a three men race until the end, with four races remaining.  Dillon can’t be counted out just yet, things can still happen where he can make the final races a tight one for the Nationwide title.

Both Richard Childress Racing teammates and title contenders Sadler and Dillon both suffered hiccups on pit road. Both would make up ground but Sadler benefitted at the night’s end still maintaining his points lead.

With four races to go in 2012 it will be a tight race especially with the top two in points.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy

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