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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)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates by kissing the bricks after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, races the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag for the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, and his team celebrate by kissing the bricks after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, stands on the grid with Haley Carey prior to the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Resers Toyota, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, celebrates with brother and Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon after Ty won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
The Richard Childress Racing #3 Chevrolet Nationwide Series car driven by Ty Dillon. (Photo Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR)
Ty Dillon with his team owner and grandfaster Richard Childress at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7 2014. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, leads the field out of the pits during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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