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Nationwide: Logano continues his winning ways

Joey Logano got his fifth Nationwide victory of the season so far with a strong win over James Buescher at Michigan International Speedway.
Joey Logano continued to be the in-form man, following up wins in the last Cup and Nationwide Series races (at Pocono and Dover respectively) with another race win, this time at the blisteringly fast newly repaved two-mile Michigan International Speedway.

"I've had a lot of confidence in myself lately, in my abilities, knowing what I can do with the race car," said a grinning Logano in victory lane. "We've been in position to win races, and we've capitalized every time we've been in that position," he said, adding: "There hasn't been an opportunity we've let slip up yet."

The Alliance Truck Parts 250 Nationwide Series race on Saturday afternoon had an early caution on the first lap, when Danica Patrick and Brad Sweet both went for unrelated slow spins after losing the back ends of their car through turns 3 and 4. Fortunately no one collected them, although Brad Keselowski was rear-ended by Kurt Busch as he braked to avoid Patrick; both the #22 and #54 would require some running repairs under ensuing cautions that cost them some initial time and positions.

At the restart, Logano went low to make it three-wide for the lead with polesitter Austin Dillon and fellow front-row man Cole Whitt: Whitt won the battle and led the next nine laps before getting on a nasty wobble that allowed both Dillon and Logano to blast past him. Logano would soon close up on Dillon and take the lead off him on lap 21, just in time for the previously scheduled competition caution to allow the teams to come in and check tyre wear on the newly resurfaced Michigan track that was giving the teams' Sprint Cup counterparts such problems with blistering.

Sam Hornish Jr. jumped to the front by opting for a two-tyre-only change under the caution, and he was blasted out into a strong lead by a Talladega-style push from Paul Menard, who then went side-by-side for a time with Logano for second that Logano eventually won. Dillon meanwhile had dropped back to ninth and was suffering a vibration from a suspected loose wheel that drove him into the pits for a change of tyres.

A third caution came on lap 49 when Kenny Wallace's engine blew and laid down fluid on the track, which at least helped Dillon get the free pass back onto the lead lap. Two-tyre strategies saw Menard assume the lead ahead of James Buescher, Elliott Sadler, Cole Whitt and Brad Keselowski, while Brian Scott and Sam Hornish Jr. in sixth and seventh were the first of the four-tyre cars. Logano meanwhile had dropped back to ninth.

At the restart, Keselowski got unstable on the low line and had to back off in turn 4, catching out Brad Sweet who inadvertently rear-ended the #22 and then went for his second spin of the day; his luck continued to hold, however, and once again everyone else missed him.

At the next restart on lap 58, Paul Menard had to ward off James Buescher for the lead, but was soon stretching away from the field accompanied by his team mate Elliott Sadler, the two of them pulling out more than three seconds over Kurt Busch and Joey Logano. That lasted through to the next round of pit stops, this time under green flag conditions, but it was not a happy stop for Menard: his car exhaust backfired into the face of his right rear wheel changer, costing him time and dropping him behind Sadler, Logano and Busch on the track.

Logano had just caught and passed Sadler for the lead when the fifth caution came out: Austin Dillon had closed right up on the back of Danica Patrick's car, and the air cushion had been the tipping point sending Patrick into a spin in turn 2 that she was lucky to hold off the inside wall. Patrick needed a change of tyres, and Sam Hornish Jr and an increasingly battered Brad Keselowski were also on pit road under the caution.




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Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet, leads Cole Whitt, driver of the No. 88 Clean Coal Chevrolet, and the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 7 GoDaddy.com/Kickstartamerica.us Chevrolet, pulls onto pit road after an on track incident early in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday in Brooklyn, Mich. (Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow Chevrolet, spins out after an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, soc during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 27, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, signs the Coors Light Pole board after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 27, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, poses with the Pole Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 27, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS races to a third place finish with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS who finishes in fifth place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Percision Chevrolet, lead the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, race three-wide during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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