Joey Logano Wins First Race With Penske Racing at Dover After Kyle Busch’s Domination is Ruined in Pit Strategy
Joey Logano is back in victory lane at the Dover International Speedway. This time, things are different. It may be the same competition, but this time, Logano is with Penske Racing as he locked up his third straight win at Dover, the first time in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series that this has happened.
Logano led 66 laps en route to winning the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover. The dominant car all day though was Kyle Busch once again. Busch led 72 laps and was running inside of the top-three for most of the race until the final caution. Busch had a bad call with pitting that put him back a few rows on the restart. Busch opted to take four tires while several of the leaders took two which ended up being the winning move of the race for Logano. Once the green flag came back out, Busch was trying to make a few moves on the high line, but got loose and ended up dropping back to the eighth position. He was able to rebound to finish fifth, yet it still wasn’t good enough for him after the type of car, which he had.
The biggest wreck of the day occurred when Elliott Sadler spun by himself off of turn-four into the inside SAFER Barrier where he smashed the driver’s side door panel on his No. 11 Toyota. Sadler’s wreck drops him back several spots in the points battle from fourth to seventh. His teammate, Brian Vickers, ended up finishing second to Logano and could’ve caught up to him if there were a few laps extra in the race.
Matt Kenseth struggled for the majority of the race but ended up finishing third. Trevor Bayne was able to lead some laps, gathering up his best finish since Las Vegas in March as he finished fourth for the third time this year. The highest finishing rookie was Kyle Larson in 10th. Larson battled Ty Dillon for most of the race until Dillon blew a tire. Cole Whitt, who made his first start in NASCAR competition this year, finished 16th. Pole sitter, Austin Dillon, finished eighth after leading the first 35 laps and eight laps after that. Parker Kligerman could’ve had a better run today, but he had a jack stuck on his car during a caution where his tire changer Mark “Hollywood” Armstrong was injured. Armstrong was eventually released from the infield care center.
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