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Logano continues his roll with Michigan victory

June 18, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The roll continued for Joey Logano, who fought off a determined bid from James Buescher to win Saturday's Alliance Truck Parts 250 Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

Alliance Truck Parts 250

2.James Buescher Chevrolet
3.Kurt Busch Toyota
4.Cole WhittChevrolet
5.Austin DillonChevrolet
2.+1A. Dillon-8
3.-1R. Stenhouse Jr.-27
4.--S. Hornish Jr.-45
5.+1C. Whitt-81

After a restart with four laps left, Logano crossed the finish line .208 seconds ahead of runner-up Buescher to claim his fifth victory in 11 Nationwide starts this season and the 14th of his career. The win was the first for Toyota in the Nationwide Series at Michigan.

Kurt Busch came home third, followed by Cole Whitt and pole-sitter Austin Dillon.

Buescher chased Logano for three laps after the final restart and made his move in Turn 1 on the white-flag lap, powering to the inside of Logano's No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Camry. But Buescher couldn't make the pass stick, and Logano pulled away.

"Racing there with James at the end was a lot of fun," Logano said. "I knew exactly what he was doing the whole time, laying back there and trying to make that run on the last lap. I knew he was going to slide it down into [Turn] 1, and I felt like, as long as I had position on him, I could pin him down enough to get a big enough lead off the corner.

"He did exactly what I thought he was going to do, and I was able to work my game plan and come out ahead enough to win the race."

For Logano, the victory was yet another case of capitalizing on a chance to win and extending his remarkable success rate.

"I've had a lot of confidence in myself lately, in my abilities, knowing what I can do with the race car," Logano said. "I feel like I'm feeding my crew chiefs the best information, and they're doing the best jobs they can do to make the best race cars for me.

"There hasn't been an opportunity we've let slip up yet. We've been in position to win races, and we've capitalized every time we've been in that position."

NASCAR red-flagged the race on Lap 119 after the cars of Josh Richards and Jamie Dick wrecked in Turn 3. Dick's car caught fire, but both drivers escaped. So did Richards' car, which rolled driverless down the banking and came to a stop in the infield grass.

After a stoppage of eight minutes, 46 seconds, the field took the green flag on Lap 122 of 125. Logano and Buescher quickly made it a two-driver race. The win comes six days after Logano picked up his second career Cup victory, at Pocono.

Danica Patrick finished 18th in an up-and-down race that saw her involved in three of the seven cautions. Series leader Elliott Sadler ran 11th, but Ricky Stenhouse Jr., second in the standings entering the race, had a miserable time with handling problems and came home 25th.


• Joey Logano won scored his 14th career victory in his 99th Nationwide start.
• This is Joey Logano's first Nationwide Michigan victory in his fourth start.
• Joey Logano is the fourth driver to win for the first time at a track in 2012.
• Joey Logano is the 15th different driver to win at Michigan in 21 Nationwide races.
• This is Joey Logano's fifth win of 2012, most of all drivers and ties his career best for wins in a season (2009).
• Joey Logano has won four of the past five Nationwide races.
• Joe Gibbs Racing earned its 73rd career victory, second at Michigan (first since 2007) and fifth of 2012, most of all teams.
• Toyota scored its first Michigan victory and sixth of 2012, most of all manufacturers.
• James Buescher (second) earned his sixth top-10 finish of 2012 including his past five starts.
• Kurt Busch (third) has top-10 finishes in all but one of his eight starts this season.
• Cole Whitt (fourth) matched his career best finish set at Richmond in April 2012.
• Austin Dillon (fifth) scored his 10th top-10 finish of 2012 and has gained 35 points on the leader in the past three races.
• Paul Menard (eighth) led the most laps for the second time in two starts this season and finished in the top 10 in his past 10 Nationwide starts.
• Elliott Sadler (11th) finished outside the top 10 for only the third time in 2012 but maintains the points lead.
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr (25th) has finished outside the top 10 for the third consecutive race and lost 61 points to the leader in those three races. He finished in the top 10 in all but one of the first 10 races of the season.

Dillon moved into second place, eight points behind Sadler. Stenhouse, the defending Nationwide champion, fell to third in points, 27 behind the series leader.