Joey Logano Dominates at Dover to Win 4th-Straight Race at Monster Mile
Joey Logano is flat out insane at the Dover International Raceway. Logano led 106 of the 200 laps during the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover on Saturday afternoon to lock up his fourth-consecutive win at the Monster Mile.
Logano took the lead late in the going as Kyle Busch was slowing down due to an attempt at trying to save enough fuel to make it to the end of the race. Unfortunately for Busch, he had to pit with 25 laps to go. However, even then, Logano had a demanding three-second lead over the No. 54 car.
It’s an unbelievable milestone for Logano and his Penske Racing team. They currently lead the NASCAR Nationwide Series‘ owner points, and extended their lead on Saturday.
The race had the longest green flag run of the season as for some reason, there were no incidents after lap 36. It was also the longest green flag run at Dover in NASCAR Nationwide Series history. Though it could have been a boring race, the strategy involved in everything surely spiced things up.
Finishing second was hot shot youngster, Kyle Larson. He was nearly 15 seconds behind Logano (more than half a lap), but he held onto the second spot once the rest of the field fell back on old tires while trying to save fuel as well. Kevin Harvick was able to end the day in third, a solid effort for he and his team.
Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler were able to gain minimal ground in the points as the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Austin Dillon cut Sam Hornish Jr.‘s points lead to just four points. Hornish had trouble with handling throughout the race and just couldn’t figure out how to get the setup how he needed. Besides that, Hornish also had a pit road speeding penalty that put him way back in the pack, finishing 17th.
Mike Bliss had a very impressive run as he finished 10th in his unsponsored No. 19 Toyota. Parker Kligerman also had a solid run, finishing seventh after running outside of the top 10 for the majority of the day. Trevor Bayne also rebounded to finish inside of the top 10 after having a mediocre car throughout the race.
Evidently, Dover took victim of drivers in ways they didn’t think it would. Though most drivers were complaining of loose race cars, they were able to stabilize themselves enough where they didn’t wreck.
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