Joey Logano won the 5-Hour Energy 200 on Saturday by 15 seconds for his fourth straight victory at Dover International Speedway in NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
Joey Logano won for the fourth straight time at Dover International Speedway in NASCAR Nationwide Series races with a 15-second victory in the 5-Hour Energy 200 on Saturday. The race benefited Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national education and support organization.
Logano won by about three-quarters of a lap over second-place finisher Kyle Larson.
"Last night we made some good changes to the race car, and the guys and girls on the team did a good job tuning up the car for me," said Logano. "We started the race too loose. These races are short...but it's really cool to win four races in a row here in Dover, and now this has become my favorite race track...I was able to run my race, and I'm hoping for another good day tomorrow."
Kevin Harvick was third, Brian Vickers fourth, and Elliott Sadler finished fifth.
Harvick said he wasn't surprised most of the race was run under the green.
"The cars were really hard to drive, and when you slow them down there's a lot less chance for things to happen," he said. "You really had to slow them down to keep them from spinning out. We were able to save a bunch of fuel and finish the race. I know we have run some races from start to finish under the green flag."
Harvick said he now likes the Monster Mile.
"It's a challenging race track...the cars are really fast, and it's just a fast, physical race track, and I enjoy it," he said.
Logano started from the pole, but just 18 laps into the race, Kyle Busch moved from fifth place into the lead, passing Logano.
Busch opened up a big lead, but didn't pit during two early cautions. Then when he did pit under green at lap 88, he came back onto the track in 23rd place, one lap down.
Logano took over first place when Busch pitted.
When Logano pitted next at lap 118 and the other leaders came in, Busch retook the lead.
With fresher tires, Logano worked his way back to the front and passed Busch at lap 142.
Busch had to make a pit stop at lap 177, and Logano took over first place and cruised to the victory.
There were only two cautions in the race, and both were single-car spins. The first was on lap 25 when Brian Scott spun and tapped the wall, and the second was when Donnie Neuenberger spun and hit the inside wall on lap 35.
HORNISH HOLDS ONTO NATIONWIDE POINTS LEAD
Austin Dillon finished sixth to cut into the Nationwide Series points lead of Sam Hornish Jr., who came in 17th at Dover.
Hornish now leads the series by just four points over Dillon. Elliott Sadler is in third place, 42 points back.