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Nationwide: Logano claims eighth win of 2012

Joey Logano won the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway over Kevin Harvick to claim his eighth win of the season.
Joey Logano continued to display his impressive form in the Nationwide Series, with his eighth victory of the year in just 18 race starts in 2012 to put Joe Gibbs Racing back into victory lane once again.

Elliott Sadler had led the field to the green flag shortly before 8pm at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the race went under caution almost at once as Angela Cope crossed the starting line having already taken heavy front-end damage to her car, the front end buckled and leaking oil and water onto the track that required a lengthy clean-up before the race could get back underway.

The restart on lap 11 scarcely lasted any longer before going back under caution, this time as a result of Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier making contact and slipping into the wall out of turn 4. Hornish put the blame on faulty information from his spotter telling him he was clear of Allgaier when he wasn't for initiating the incident.

"The spotter cleared me and I wasn't quite clear, obviously," he admitted. "He jumped on the radio as soon as it happened and said: 'Hey man, it's all my fault. I'm sorry.' Chris does a great job for me spotting on the Nationwide and the Cup side, this is the first incident where he's made a bad call.

"It's really tough for all of us on the Wurth Dodge and I feel really bad for Justin and his guys, too. It's a bummer. I'll forgive him and we'll move on," he added. "It's real unfortunate but when you're going the speeds that we're going whether it's the driver or the spotter, anybody makes a mistake it's usually pretty costly."

Indeed, both cars received sufficient damage to send them to the garage area and both took a long time to return. Allgaier finished the race 34 laps down and Hornish was 96 laps off the lead by the end.

Sadler had led these early laps, but once the racing resumed it was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who got the better start and surged into the front to claim the lead. Along with Kevin Harvick, the leading trio started to pull away from the rest of the pack as the race finally got some uninterrupted racing on the books. Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano led the chase, but were unable to reel the leaders back in at this early stage.

Sadler tried to reclaim his lead on lap 36 but couldn't pull it off, instead opening up a window of opportunity for Kevin Harvick to have a go at the leader. After a back-and-forth tussle lasting over a period of ten laps, Harvick finally pulled it off and claimed the top spot on lap 51 just as the first round of pit stops were due.

Sadler had a slow pit stop and lost six spots, while Harvick resumed in the lead ahead of Stenhouse, Logano, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. But it was Brad Keselowski who was flying during this stage of the race, and on lap 72 he cruised past the #33 to claim control of the race.




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Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #12 Wurth Dodge, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #20 GameStop/Call Of Duty Black Ops II Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/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)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmie John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, suffers a mechanical issue during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/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)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #88 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #88 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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)
David Ragan, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, drives in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 27, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmie John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice 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, 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)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS qualifies in second position Friday, February 27, 2015 for a front row position start in Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development, speaks to members of the media after a testing session at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/NASCAR via Getty Images)
David Ragan, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, stands in the garage during a testing session at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Clint Bowyer drives the #15 5-Hour Energy Toyota during a testing session at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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