September 30, 2012 in Sports

Logano wins Nationwide race at Dover

Associated Press
 

Joey Logano romped his way to a season sweep at Dover.

Logano dominated on the concrete Saturday to win the Nationwide Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

This win was never in doubt.

Logano has struggled to transfer his success in the second-tier series to Sprint Cup racing, one reason why he’s leaving Joe Gibbs Racing for Penske Racing in 2013. But in Nationwide, few drivers can match Logano.

He led 184 of the 200 laps in the No. 18 Toyota and raced to his series-leading seventh victory of the season.

He won his 16th race in 105 career Nationwide starts. Logano moved into a tie for 16th on the career victory list in Nationwide.

“My monster trophy from last time was lonely and needed a friend,” Logano said. “I’m glad I was able to get one for him.”

Paul Menard was second, followed by Michael Annett, points leader Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch.

Sadler has a nine-point lead over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the points race. Stenhouse was ninth in the race.

Darrell Wallace Jr. finished 12th after winning his first career pole earlier Saturday. Wallace, 18, is the first black driver to win a NASCAR pole in the Nationwide Series.

Sprint Cup

Denny Hamlin turned a lap of 159.299 mph to win the pole at Dover International Speedway. Hamlin has been open in his disdain for the 1-mile concrete oval. He has an average finish of 20.5 in 13 career starts at Dover.

Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. were second and third. Points leader Jimmie Johnson starts 11th.

NASCAR Trucks

Nelson Piquet Jr. raced to his second NASCAR Trucks Series victory of the year Saturday night, passing Matt Crafton on the final lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Crafton took the lead on a restart after the final caution, with Piquet close behind. Piquet went to the bottom of the track on the final lap, and passed Crafton in the second turn. Pole-winner Joey Coulter was third.

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