Logano Continues His Dominance With Win At Michigan
Posted by: Dave Thompson, follow @phillyfan17
June 16, 2012
Joey Logano made it four wins out of the last five races with his victory in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The win was Logano’s 14th in 99 Nationwide Series starts and his fifth of the season.
The trip to Victory Lane was his first at Michigan International Speedway and the first Nationwide Series win for Toyota at the track.
The car Logano raced on Saturday was the same one that he took to Victory Lane at Fontana.
James Buescher was the runner-up behind Logano for his fifth consecutive top-10 finish of the 2012 season. Buescher had one last shot at Logano on the final restart, but was unable to make the pass underneath him on the final lap. Buescher admitted after the race that his car was not as fast as the No. 18, but he was still going to give it a shot.
Kurt Busch, making his return from probation this weekend, had a strong car throughout the race, but fell just shy of challenging for the win at the end. Busch recovered from early damage to his No. 54 Monster Energy Drink when Danica Patrick spun on lap one. Busch’s car was much stronger on the long green-flag runs, but two late cautions hurt his chances of going for the win.
Two strong performances from rookie drivers Cole Whitt and Austin Dillon, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Dillon rebounded from a unscheduled green-flag pitstop early when he reported a possible loose right wheel. After inspecting the tires removed from the No. 3, there were signs of blisters on his tires.
Kenny Wallace started 10th in the No. 99 Family Farmers Toyota, but he was forced to the garage when the competition caution came out on Lap 25. Wallace had been reporting engine problems prior to heading to the garage to isolate the problem. The crew was able to get Wallace back in the race, but just a few laps later the engine blew ending his race day.
Danica Patrick had an up-and-down afternoon after starting from the fifth position, but ultimately finished in 18th. Patrick had problems on Lap 1 when her car got loose in Turn 4, but she was able to avoid any significant damage. A statistics Patrick will not be happy with is the fact she was involved in three of the seven caution in the race.
Elliott Sadler finished in 11th, good enough to keep him as the leader in the point standings. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who came into the race second in the standings, had a miserable day and finished a disappointing 25th. Stenhouse dropped to third in the standings with his performance. Sadler now leads teammate Austin Dillon by just eight points in the driver standings.
NASCAR red-flagged the race on Lap 119 after the cars of Josh Richards and Jamie Dick wrecked in Turn 3. Dick’s car caught fire, but both drivers escaped. So did Richards’ car,which rolled driverless down the banking and came to a stop in the infield grass.
Johanna Long had her best finish in the Nationwide Series with a strong 16th place finish. Long ran 81 laps in the top-15 in Saturday’s race and even cracked the top-10 at one point.
Results of the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at MIS:
|1||3||18||Joey Logano(i)||Dollar General Toyota||125||0||RUNNING||2||31|
|2||4||30||James Buescher(i)||Amway/Gaddes Foundation Chevrolet||125||0||RUNNING||1||2|
|3||15||54||Kurt Busch(i)||Monster Energy Toyota||125||0||RUNNING|
|4||2||88||Cole Whitt #||Clean Coal Chevrolet||125||41||1||RUNNING||2||10|
|5||1||3||Austin Dillon #||Advocare Chevrolet||125||40||1||RUNNING||2||11|
|6||11||12||Sam Hornish Jr.||Alliance Truck Parts Dodge||125||39||1||RUNNING||2||25|
|7||13||20||Michael McDowell(i)||Pizza Ranch Toyota||125||0||RUNNING|
|8||7||33||Paul Menard(i)||Menards/Rheem Chevrolet||125||0||RUNNING||2||37|
|9||17||11||Brian Scott||Dollar General Toyota||125||35||RUNNING|
|10||9||22||Brad Keselowski(i)||Discount Tire Dodge||125||0||RUNNING|
|11||6||2||Elliott Sadler||OneMain Financial Chevrolet||125||34||1||RUNNING||1||3|
|12||18||43||Michael Annett||Pilot/Flying J Ford||125||32||RUNNING|
|13||16||44||Mike Bliss||Bandit Chippers Toyota||125||31||RUNNING|
|14||8||31||Justin Allgaier||Brandt Chevrolet||125||31||1||RUNNING||1||4|
|15||23||87||Joe Nemechek||AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota||125||29||RUNNING|
|16||14||70||Johanna Long #||Foretravel Chevrolet||125||28||RUNNING|
|17||22||14||Jeff Green||Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota||125||27||RUNNING|
|18||5||7||Danica Patrick||GoDaddy.com/KickstartAmerica.US Chevrolet||125||27||1||RUNNING||1||1|
|19||19||81||Jason Bowles #||American Majority Toyota||124||25||RUNNING|
|20||30||01||Mike Wallace||Tradebank/Carl Ent Chevrolet||124||24||RUNNING|
|21||28||19||Tayler Malsam||G-Oil/Ryobi Toyota||124||23||RUNNING|
|22||27||40||Erik Darnell||TheMotorsportsGroup.com Chevrolet||124||22||RUNNING|
|23||36||08||Tony Raines(i)||Black Cat Fireworks Ford||124||0||RUNNING|
|24||12||38||Brad Sweet #||Great Clips Chevrolet||123||20||RUNNING|
|25||20||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush-Fenway Racing Ford||123||19||RUNNING|
|26||32||41||Timmy Hill||Poynt.com Ford||123||18||RUNNING|
|27||33||4||Danny Efland||TradeBank Chevrolet||122||17||RUNNING|
|28||37||24||Angela Cope||Dillon Manufacturing/United Mobile Auctions Chevrolet||119||16||RUNNING|
|29||21||23||Jamie Dick||Viva Auto Group Chevrolet||116||15||Accident|
|30||24||39||Josh Richards||NSW Kids Ford||116||14||Accident|
|31||31||51||Jeremy Clements||Diamond Pistons Chevrolet||76||14||1||Engine||1||1|
|32||35||50||TJ Bell||Hantz Bank/Gulf Coast loss Prevention Chevrolet||56||12||Engine|
|33||39||89||Morgan Shepherd||MorganSheperd.com Chevrolet||42||11||Handling|
|34||10||99||Kenny Wallace||Family Farmers Toyota||32||10||Engine|
|35||42||52||Tim Schendel||Victory Precision Valves Chevrolet||15||9||Overheating|
|36||34||15||Blake Koch||RWR Chevrolet||12||8||Vibration|
|37||38||75||Scott Riggs(i)||RWR Chevrolet||11||0||Engine|
|38||29||46||Chase Miller||Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet||9||6||Overheating|
|39||26||42||Josh Wise(i)||Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet||8||0||Engine|
|40||41||71||Michael Guerity||RWR Chevrolet||6||4||Vibration|
|41||40||47||Matt DiBenedetto||Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet||5||3||Vibration|
|42||25||10||Kevin Lepage||TriStar Motorsports Toyota||4||2||Vibration|
|43||43||74||Mike Harmon||Koma Unwind Chevrolet||1||1||Vibration|
Posted: June 16th, 2012
Categories: Featured, Nascar Nationwide Series, Results.
Tags: Austin Dillon, Cole Whitt, Danica Patrick, Elliott Sadler, James Buescher, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Michigan International Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.