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Logano wins career-best sixth race in Nationwide campaign

September 02, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

Logano wins career-best sixth race in Nationwide campaign

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- After passing Kevin Harvick for the lead on Lap 216 of 250, Joey Logano held on to win Friday night's Food City 250 Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway -- winning his series-best sixth victory of the season.

Food City 250

2.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Ford
3.Kyle BuschToyota
4.Austin DillonChevrolet
5.Elliott SadlerChevrolet


2.--Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-19
3.--Sam Hornish Jr.-28
4.--Austin Dillon-35
5.--Justin Allgaier-94

Logano, who posted his 15th career win and his first at the .533-mile short track, outran runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr., crossing the finish line .503 seconds ahead of the defending series champion. Kyle Busch ran third, followed by Austin Dillon and Nationwide points leader Elliott Sadler, who was pushed aside by Stenhouse after a restart on Lap 249 and lost three positions over the final two laps.

Harvick took the lead for the first time on Lap 118 with a two-tire stop under the sixth caution, for Fain Skinner's spin off Turn 2. On left-side tires that were mounted on his Chevrolet on Lap 47, Harvick kept Logano in his mirror until Benny Gordon's spin in Turn 4 on Lap 171 caused the seventh yellow.

Logano, on fresher rubber, harried Harvick after the ensuing restart on Lap 181, but it took Logano 35 more laps to make the winning pass. Ultimately, Logano used the lapped car of Jeremy Clements as a pick, rolled Harvick to the outside and sailed past in the low groove.

When John Wes Townley's Toyota slammed into the Turn 4 wall on Lap 225, Harvick had to give up the second position and pit for fuel, dropping the No. 33 from contention.

With eight laps left, Dillon's Chevrolet collided with the Ford of pole-sitter Trevor Bayne, causing the ninth and final caution of the race. That set up the two-lap dash to the finish, with Logano clearing Sadler through the first two corners.


• Joey Logano's win was his 15th career win in his 103rd start on the Nationwide circuit.
• That makes six wins for Joey Logano in 2012, which leads the Nationwide Series.
• Joey Logano's six season wins is a new Nationwide record for him.
• It's Joey Logano's first win in his eighth start at Bristol.
• En route to victory, Joey Logano led three times for 81 laps, including the final 35.
• It's the 74th all-time win for Joe Gobbs Racing, and fourth at Bristol -- all in the last five races.
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) had his best Bristol finish in his sixth start.
• Kyle Busch (third) notched his first top-five finish in his last seven starts.
• Austin Dillon (fourth) grabbed his 12th top-five finish of 2012 and first at Bristol.
• Elliott Sadler (fifth) took home fifth Bristol top-five finish, and leads the points by 19 over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
• Danica Patrick (ninth) had best short-track finish and her fifth top 10 finish; she started 34th.

Despite a penalty for speeding while exiting pit road under caution on Lap 175, Danica Patrick worked her way up to a ninth-place from the 34th starting position.