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Nationwide: 2012 Dover sweep for Logano

Joey Logano won at Dover for the second time in 2012, once again dominating the race and leaving everyone else scrabbling to settle who would take second place in his wake.
Joe Gibbs Racing's outgoing driver Joey Logano completed a sweep of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Dover International Speedway by putting in a dominant performance in Saturday afternoon's OneMain Financial 200, leading for 184 of the 200 laps of the race.

“Once the track rubbered up, it went right to where we thought it would,” said Logano in victory lane. “We were able to just stay out front most of the day after that.”

Logano had started off the second row of the grid behind polesitter Darrell Wallace Jr. and Justin Allgaier, who had taken the lead off Wallace on the opening lap and kept it for the first 13 laps before Logano could hold himself back no longer and made a move for the lead through turn 4.

After that, Logano would be out of the lead only once, for three laps, during a competition caution pre-scheduled for lap 46 after over-night rain. During the pit stops, Kasey Kahne went to the front by opting for two tyres only, but Logano immediately cleared him for the lead once more when the green flag waved again - and after that, he was immovable.

There were only two other cautions during the race, which lasted for only a little over an hour and a half. Yellows came out on lap 117 for oil on track from the #51 of Jeremy Clements, and again on lap 178 from oil from the blown engine of the #39 of Tim Andrews.

That last caution at least closed up the field and presented the possibility of an exciting 20-lap final duel to the chequered flag, but in the end Logano's domination was simply too great for anyone to dent, especially when Kasey Kahne - starting alongside Logano once again - missed a gear shift heading into turn 1 that left everyone behind him on the inside line scattering three- and four-wide to avoid him.

That gave Logano the final edge he needed to pull away from the field, finally crossing the finish line by almost a second ahead of Paul Menard: "We had a really good long-run car," said Menard after the race, which had included a fierce door-to-door battle with Kyle Busch who finished in fifth place. "I believe we were the fastest car on the track, faster than Joey, but he could just take off faster than us. I don't think he got passed all day."

The highest-paced of the Nationwide Series regulars was Michael Annett in third place: "We were fortunate on that restart with the way things played out," he said. "We would like to drive up there, but the run right before that caution we were probably the fastest car on the track. I think we restarted tenth and were driving up to sixth and still pushing forward, but that's another top five. We'll take it because our best finish up to this point was third at Daytona."

Annett was just ahead of Elliott Sadler who admitted that he'd struggled at Dover during the afternoon but had also done well out of that final restart.




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Joey Logano, driver of the #18 Sport Clips Toyota, races to the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway on September 29, 2012 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Joey Logano, driver of the #18 Sport Clips Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway on September 29, 2012 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet SS, stops in his pit on his way to a fifth place finish Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Elliott takes over the #24 car from retired driver Jeff Gordon.  (Photo by Ashley R Dickerson for Chevy Racing)
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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s 75th Anniversary Toyota, celebrates with the chequered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s 75th Anniversary Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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