DOVER, Del. – While his closest competitors fell by the wayside, Joey Logano held serve en route to his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series triumph of the season during Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 at Dover Int’l Speedway.
Late in the race both Justin Allgaier and Sam Hornish, Jr. appeared to be faster than Logano, but they both fell by the wayside. Allgaier dropped out of contention first when he had a suspension part break in the rear of his No. 31 Chevrolet when he was running second.
That gave second-place to Hornish, but he didn’t stay their long. Within a few laps Hornish was forced to pit road with a flat right-rear tire. The race wasn’t over yet, because on lap 177 Tim Andrews blew an engine in his No. 39 Ford. That allowed the rest of the field to close up on Logano.
During the restart on lap 181 Logano quickly pulled away from the field when second-place Kasey Kahne didn’t go on the restart. That allowed Paul Menard to move into second position. Menard didn’t have anything for Logano as the Connecticut native pulled away to his second-straight victory at Dover.
“Adam Stevens (crew chief), man, I don’t know what to say. He is amazing,” Logano said from victory lane. “He has given me some great race pieces seven times this year. I can’t thank him enough. This is the second time we’ve come here with a dominant race car and led a ton of laps.
“This is a lot fun. It’s fun driving a great race car,” Logano concluded.
Menard ended up second, matching his best finish this season in Nationwide competition. Michael Annett crossed the line in third, followed by championship leader Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch.
Darrell Wallace, Jr. started from the pole in only his fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series start. He finished 12th.
Sadler now holds a nine-point edge over Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. Austin Dillon is third in the standings, 25 points back.