Joey Logano dominates en route to win the Great Clips 200
Joey Logano’s outstanding season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series has continued.
Logano is victorious for the eighth time this season for his Joe Gibbs Racing team. He held off Brian Vickers in the final laps to come through with the victory. Leading 169 of the 204 laps en route to the win showed Logano’s versatility to win even though he won’t be with the team next year. The man even brought Mickey Mouse to victory lane with him.
The biggest event of the race occurred with just two laps to go. Entering turn three, Elliott Sadler over drove the corner, hitting Cole Whitt, sending both drivers into the wall. Sadler’s teammate, Brendan Gaughan, was involved as he hit Sadler’s car causing the front bumper to completely come off the car. His luck continues to decrease as he was in nearly the exact same position as he was a year ago. But, he has a slightly better chance to still win the championship entering Homestead next Saturday afternoon.
Sadler was able to drive the car back onto pit road, but ended up unofficially finishing 22nd, one lap down.
It was a good day for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to capitalize on his championship lead as strategy played out for the Roush/Fenway Racing driver who will be competing in the Sprint Cup Series on a full-time basis next year. Stenhouse came across the finish line in the third position.
The championship battle is even more dramatic now. Stenhouse is 20 points ahead of Sadler in the championship standings and needs to finish at least 16th next week to win the title for the second consecutive year.
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