BROOKLYN, Mich. — The Joey Logano Victory Train continues to roll.
Less than a week after his first Sprint Cup Series win of the season, Logano added another, this time in the Nationwide Series.
Logano held off a determined James Buescher to win Saturdays Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway, his series-leading fifth victory of the year.
It feels so good to get in Victory Lane, especially getting Toyota its first win at Michigan in Nationwide, Logano said. Weve been having a blast.
The race was the first for NASCAR drivers on the re-paved surface. The Nationwide teams had mostly escaped the tire problems which had plagued Cup teams since their arrival.
As Saturdays race ran on, drivers were able to widen out the racing groove.
As the race went on, the bottom of (Turns) 3 and 4 started coming in and then the bottom of (Turns) 1 and 2 kind of came in. The rubber on the track is gaining and the racing is getting better and I think by (Sunday) well have a really good race track.
A violent two-car wreck on Lap 118 of 125 brought out a nearly nine-minute red-flag to clean the track of debris.
On the restart on Lap 122, Buescher tried to get around Logano but could not get close enough to complete a pass before the finish.
We took a shot at it but didnt get it, Buescher said after the race. We had a top-five car, we ran in the top-five almost all day.
We made good adjustments and made good pit stops. We had a shot at the end to win the race and thats all that you can hope for.
Kurt Busch finished third, Cole Whitt was fourth and Austin Dillon was fifth. Series points leader Elliott Sadler ended up 11th and holds an eight-point advantage over Dillon.
Danica Patrick started and ended her race with spins.
She spun on Lap 1 but did no damage to her car. She spun again on Lap 103 racing with Dillon and spun and hit the wall on Lap 113 racing with Brad Sweet. She finished 18th, the last car on the lead lap.