Logano Puts on Monstrous Nationwide Show; Stenhouse Jr. Wrecks Out of Points Lead

[media-credit id=62 align=”alignright” width=”223″][/media-credit]Joey Logano put a whipping on the Monster Mile, dominating most of the race and leading laps to score his first Nationwide win ever at the Dover track, as well as the coveted Miles the Monster trophy.

Although strong throughout much of the race, Logano pitted under caution and had to battle back against teammate Ryan Truex in the last twenty laps to score the checkered flag.

“I was frustrated as soon as the caution came out and we lost our track position,” Logano said. “Once we got to second and he (Truex) got caught in lapped traffic, I was able to pass cars, take the lead and get the win.”

“When you lead it, think you gave it away, and then get the win, it’s good.”

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“It’s been four or five years and I have never gotten a win here,” Logano said. “It’s the coolest trophy you can win. It’s awesome to finally get it.”

The driver of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota led the parade of Joe Gibbs Racing drivers with teammates Ryan Truex and Brian Scott in second and third respectively.

Although Truex gave a very gutsy performance to finish second, especially after just having had surgery for appendicitis, he was not a happy camper.

He was particularly upset with lapped traffic, which slowed his run and allowed Logano to pass him.

“I’m not happy,” the driver of the No. 20 Grime Boss Toyota said. “It’s second and I’m not happy with it.”

“We had a winning car,” Truex said. “I hate to blame it on someone else, but it’s just stupid.”

“I probably could have picked a better lane around them,” Truex said of the lapped traffic. “It’s just frustrating.”

“I wish I could have got a win,” Truex said. “It was too close to come in second.”

As unhappy as Truex was, the third member of the Joe Gibbs Racing triumvirate, Brian Scott was most pleased with his third place finish. Scott did admit, however, that he probably could learn some lessons from his younger teammates.

“We had a really good Dollar General Toyota all day,” Scott said. “This one’s for JGR with a one, two, three finish.”

“It’s fun to be up there and racing our teammates for the win,” Scott continued. “I’m a young kid myself at 24, but Ryan and Joey, who are younger than me, can show me a few things.”

“Really happy to bring back a top-5 finish after all we’ve been through this year,” Scott said. “Hopefully, it’s a huge confidence booster for the team.”

Kurt Busch, in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, finished fourth and Justin Allgaier, in the No. 31 Brandt Chevrolet, rounded out the top five. These two drivers, however, were none too happy with one other, having some words after the race on pit road.

“We just agreed to disagree on a few things at the race track,” Allgaier said of the incident with Busch. “Great day for the Brandt Chevrolet.”

“Glad we finished in the top-five; that was the first one for us this season,” Allgaier continued. “It was definitely a good day.”

Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 American Ethanol/New Holland Chevrolet, was the highest finishing rookie, scoring the sixth spot.

“It was a good run,” Dillon said. “We made sure our car was good for the race and it was.”

“It was just way too tight in traffic,” Dillon continued. “We didn’t have the car to get up there like Joey did.”

Troubles abounded, however, for points leader Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. when he lost control of the No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford Mustang and hit the wall hard on lap 27. The young driver took full responsibility for the wreck.

“I just lost it,” Stenhouse Jr. said. “I wasn’t up on the wheel and just kind of riding around until that competition caution and just got behind on the steering.”

“It was driver error, totally my fault,” Stenhouse continued. “We will have to go back take a weekend off and get ‘em at Michigan.”

Stenhouse, Jr. was able to get back out onto the track but his car looked more like a modified car than a Nationwide car. He finished a disappointing 32nd and fell to second in the point standings, twelve behind Elliott Sadler.

Yet in spite of being the new points leader, Elliott Sadler was also not amongst the happy camper drivers as far as his finish.

“Our run today was not what we were looking for,” Sadler said. “To finish seventh is kind of disappointing.”

“We had to fight back from a lucky dog but definitely not the day we wanted at Dover,” Sadler said. “We have homework to do before we come back in the fall.”

“We are the points leader and we’re very happy to be back in the points race,” Sadler continued. “But we know as a team that the 6 car is going to run good every week and is not going to have problems every week.”

“But it does feel good to be back in the middle of this thing,” Sadler said. “As a team, we just have to keep fighting and keep improving.”

Unofficial Race Results
5-hour Energy 200, Dover International Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/n2s/race.php?race=12
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 2 18 Joey Logano Toyota 0
2 1 20 Ryan Truex Toyota 43
3 5 11 Brian Scott Toyota 41
4 9 54 Kurt Busch Toyota 0
5 7 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 40
6 11 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet 38
7 6 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 37
8 3 33 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 0
9 14 30 James Buescher Chevrolet 0
10 15 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 34
11 23 43 Michael Annett Ford 33
12 12 22 Parker Kligerman Dodge 0
13 10 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 31
14 19 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet 30
15 30 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota 29
16 20 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota 28
17 28 14 Jeff Green Toyota 27
18 27 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 26
19 21 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 25
20 13 199 John Wes Townley Toyota 0
21 34 23 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 23
22 18 39 Josh Richards Ford 22
23 22 38 Brad Sweet * Chevrolet 21
24 32 50 T.J. Bell Chevrolet 20
25 4 Brad Teague Chevrolet 19
26 36 52 Joey Gase * Chevrolet 18
27 29 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 17
28 124 Tim Bainey Jr. Chevrolet 0
29 35 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 15
30 17 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 14
31 26 41 Timmy Hill Ford 0
32 4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 12
33 8 44 Mike Bliss Toyota 11
34 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 10
35 37 171 Matt Carter Chevrolet 9
36 175 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 0
37 24 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet 0
38 16 47 Scott Speed Chevrolet 0
39 25 10 Kevin Lepage Toyota 5
40 31 108 Tim Andrews Ford 4
41 15 Blake Koch Chevrolet 3
42 33 46 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet 0
43 0

7 COMMENTS

  1. Logano is a joke. Even the incompetent Brian Scott got a 3rd place finish in his Gibbs Nationwide car. Former and present crew chiefs are so well paid by the wealthy teams who dominate Nationwide racing that most writers will never scratch the surface as to what is really going on. Do I have to mention Danica?

  2. Hey buddy. Or (miss buddy) I just saw the interview with Cassell. He said he was loose and trying to diamond the corner. Tony had no choice to avoid hitting him. Tony Stewart did not do the exact same thing. Logano ran into the back of someone on the straight, when he could have driven around him, if he was as slow as he said.
    Tony had no choice when someone comes down in front of him. Get it right next time.

  3. It’s the arrogance, buddy. (or miss buddy) I can’t speak to Stewart as I have not seen the race yet. I know there was a big wreck. At least Stewart isn’t coward enough to say what he does. I don’t hate Logano, I just think he should be shooting pool or tiddly-winks for a living.

  4. You Logano haters kill me, he was doing his job..Tony Stewart just did the exact same move and it triggered 13 cars being out of the race, where is the outrage…with Joey its like the worst thing ever, anybody else its a racing deal…Please stop it.

  5. Can you believe the arrogance of Logano, sluffing off running into the back of another car and saying he was too slow? Maybe some of the drivers ought to run into him on Sunday for him being too slow. As of now, he can’t get out of his own tracks. The 20 car is better than him. He better enjoy his time, it is limited in a cup ride.

    Speaking of arrogant, how about Kurt Busch? You remember him, he lucked into a cup title a few years ago. Did you hear what he called those of us who could comment on his stupidity? It isn’t any wonder that he is on the way out. If his driving was as good as his running mouth, he would have a quality ride. My sympathy fo James Finch, he isn’t going anywhere with the “Mouth.” He should have stayed with Cassell. Who would want to sponsor the “Mouth?” If he does have a cup ride next month it will probably be some team purchased by Kyle, who out of sympathy will try and keep Kurt in Cup.

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