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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)
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS, finished ninth and Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow Great Stuff Chevrolet SS, finished 28th Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, finished fifth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, finished fourth and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, finished twelfth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and his team celebrate in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Doublemint Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 STP Ford, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENEOS Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, qualified for seventh position Friday, August 22, 2014 for Saturday evening`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Busch is 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #19 DrawTire Ford, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, and the rest of the field during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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