Logano wins at Dover, again

jutter@charlotteobserver.comSeptember 28, 2013 

— When it comes to Nationwide Series races at Dover International Speedway of late, nobody knows Victory Lane better than Joey Logano.

Logano easily held off rookie Kyle Larson to win Saturday’s 5-Hour Energy 200 for his record fourth consecutive victory at the track.

The win is Logano’s third of the season and 11th for Penske Racing’s No. 22 Ford team, which has won races with four different drivers.

“This car was just so fast and to sweep the Nationwide races here the last two seasons is really cool,” Logano said. “This whole No. 22 bunch here, they are just amazing.

Kevin Harvick finished third while Brian Vickers, the last car to finish on the lead lap, was fourth. Elliott Sadler was fifth.

With only two cautions in the 200-lap race, many teams were forced to pit under green late in the race to make it to the end, including Kyle Busch, who led much of the first half of the race.

When Busch dropped to pit road for a splash of fuel, Larson moved into second place, but was already more than 10 seconds behind Logano.

“I could diamond corners pretty well but Joey was really, really good all day. I felt like we were pretty good on long runs,” Larson said. “It was a really good finish especially after the way our last three or four races have gone.

“Hopefully, we can gain some momentum as we end the year and gain a spot or two in the points.”

Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. ended up 17th after getting penalized early in the race for speeding on pit road. He holds a four-point lead in the series standings over Austin Dillon, who finished sixth.

Immediately after the checkered flag was waved, a crew member from Morgan Shepherd’s team was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation. NASCAR officials did not have any information on his condition.

Logano's No. 22 Ford failed post-race inspection, as both sides of the front of the car failed to meet the minimum height requirement. NASCAR will announce any penalties for the infraction next week.

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