Logano Wins His First Nationwide Race At Bristol
Posted by: Dave Thompson, follow @phillyfan17
August 24, 2012
Logano withstood several late cautions and held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for his sixth Nationwide Series win of the season. Stenhouse Jr. finished half a second behind Logano for second place. Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top-five. Sadler holds a 19 point edge over Stenhouse for the points lead.
“We’ve been so close to winning here, said Logano. “It feels so go to get here in victory lane. It’s Bristol…one of the top three or four race track to win at.”
Stenhouse made contact on the white-flag lap with Sadler to take over second causing Sadler to drop to fifth. Stenhouse walked over to Sadler’s car after the race to apologize for the incident. While Sadler appeared to accept the apology, he said he would race Stenhouse differently in future races as the two compete for the series championship.
Harvick had the dominant car leading 98 laps (most in the race), but he lost the lead to Logano and then went a lap down on pit road when he ran out of fuel. Harvick managed to return to the lead lap after a late caution, but went on to finish in 15th place.
Logano and Harvick had battled side-by-side with Logano repeatedly trying to pass Harvick on the inside for several laps before he was able to make the pass with the help of some lapped traffic with 34 laps remaining in the race.
Logano, Stenhouse, Sadler, and Kyle Busch led the field at the restart after John Wes Townley slammed the wall to bring out the caution. Moments after the green flag, contact between Trevor Bayne and Dillon causing Bayne to make contact with the wall to bring out another late caution. The contact from Dillon irritated Bayne leading him to tap Dillon’s bumper several times before taking his No. 60 to pit road. The drivers were battling for fifth at the time of the incident. Bayne confronted Dillon on pit road after the race and clearly displayed his frustration with Dillon.
Dillon found himself in an earlier incident when he and Justin Allgaier made contact with Allgaier getting the worst of the battle. Allgaier slapped the outside wall in Turn 3, causing heavy damage to the rear end of the No. 31 for the first caution of the race.
Danica Patrick, who struggle most of the race, rebounded from a speeding penalty to finish ninth. The finish was the third-best of her career and her fifth top-10 in the Nationwide series.
The fans witnessed plenty of bumping and banging throughout the race bringing back memories of the “old Bristol”. The race surely pleased track owner/promoter Bruton Smith, who hoped that grinding away the top groove during the summer would create better racing for the fans. While some will likely remain unhappy despite the changes, the race did entertain and even flared a few tempers.
Results of the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway:
|1||2||18||Joey Logano(i)||Dollar General Toyota||250||0||RUNNING||3||81|
|2||5||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||NOS Ford||250||43||1||RUNNING||2||60|
|3||10||54||Kyle Busch(i)||Monster Energy Toyota||250||0||RUNNING|
|4||4||3||Austin Dillon #||American Ethanol Chevrolet||250||40||RUNNING|
|5||7||2||Elliott Sadler||OneMain Financial Chevrolet||250||40||1||RUNNING||1||11|
|6||19||88||Cole Whitt #||SPY Optic Chevrolet||250||38||RUNNING|
|7||12||36||Ryan Blaney||Seal Wrap Chevrolet||250||37||RUNNING|
|8||18||43||Michael Annett||Pilot/Flying J Ford||250||36||RUNNING|
|9||34||7||Danica Patrick||GoDaddy.com Chevrolet||250||35||RUNNING|
|10||9||12||Sam Hornish Jr.||Detroit Genuine Parts Dodge||250||34||RUNNING|
|11||16||87||Joe Nemechek||AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota||250||33||RUNNING|
|12||23||19||Tayler Malsam||G-Oil/Noah’s Light Foundation Toyota||250||32||RUNNING|
|13||14||44||Mike Bliss||Bandit Chippers Toyota||250||31||RUNNING|
|14||15||38||Kasey Kahne(i)||Great Clips Chevrolet||250||0||RUNNING|
|15||13||33||Kevin Harvick(i)||Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet||250||0||RUNNING||1||98|
|16||1||60||Trevor Bayne||Yourracecar.com Ford||250||28||RUNNING|
|17||33||01||Mike Wallace||Tradebank Chevrolet||247||27||RUNNING|
|18||26||81||Jason Bowles #||American Majority Dodge||247||26||RUNNING|
|19||27||39||Josh Richards||Joy Global Ford||247||25||RUNNING|
|20||30||86||Kevin Lepage||Qello Ford||247||24||RUNNING|
|21||11||30||Nelson Piquet Jr(i)||Autotrac/Qualcomm Chevrolet||246||0||RUNNING|
|22||38||24||Benny Gordon||Big Timber/Horizon Entertainment Toyota||246||22||RUNNING|
|23||20||99||John Wes Townley(i)||Zaxby’s Toyota||246||0||RUNNING|
|24||42||23||Robert Richardson Jr.||North Texas Pipe Chevrolet||246||20||RUNNING|
|25||28||15||Timmy Hill||Lilly Trucking Chevrolet||245||19||RUNNING|
|26||41||4||Brad Teague||SCAG Commercial Mowers Chevrolet||245||18||RUNNING|
|27||39||14||Eric McClure||Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota||244||17||RUNNING|
|28||36||41||Fain Skinner||Carport Empire Ford||244||16||RUNNING|
|29||29||70||Johanna Long #||Foretravel Chevrolet||244||15||RUNNING|
|30||6||31||Justin Allgaier||Brandt Chevrolet||242||14||RUNNING|
|31||32||52||Joey Gase #||Jimco Windows Chevrolet||239||13||RUNNING|
|32||8||22||Brad Keselowski(i)||Discount Tire Dodge||226||0||RUNNING|
|33||21||51||Jeremy Clements||stjude.org Chevrolet||213||11||RUNNING|
|34||3||11||Brian Scott||Dollar General Toyota||198||10||Clutch|
|35||22||40||Erik Darnell||The Motorsports Group Chevrolet||173||9||Electrical|
|36||40||74||Rick Crawford(i)||Koma Unwind Chevrolet||55||0||Overheating|
|37||43||71||Carl Long||Lilly Trucking Chevrolet||27||7||Oil Pressure|
|38||25||75||Scott Riggs(i)||Lilly Trucking Chevrolet||20||0||Electrical|
|39||37||50||David Starr(i)||Make Motorsports Chevrolet||19||0||Engine|
|40||24||42||Josh Wise(i)||Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet||14||0||Electrical|
|41||35||08||Tim Andrews||Randy Hill Racing Ford||11||3||Brakes|
|42||17||10||Jeff Green||TriStar Motorsports Toyota||6||2||Vibration|
|43||31||46||Chase Miller||The Motorsports Group Chevrolet||2||1||Ignition|
Posted: August 24th, 2012
Categories: Featured, Nascar Nationwide Series, Results.
Tags: Austin Dillon, Bristol Motor Speedway, Danica Patrick, Elliott Sadler, Food City 250, Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne