Logano Leads JGR Dover Sweep

Joey Logano

Joey Logano captured his fourth Nationwide Series victory of 2012 on Saturday. (Photo: Getty Images)

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DOVER, Del. - Joey Logano passed teammate Ryan Truex with four laps-to-go and went on to lead a top-three sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Logano drove around Truex for the top spot as the duo raced through lapped traffic and went on to score his first career win at the “Monster Mile.”

It was Logano’s series-leading fourth victory of the 2012 season and the 13th of his Nationwide Series career. He led a dominating 154 laps on his way to Victory Lane on Saturday.

"I worked my way back up there. I was running hard but was somewhat patient with it,” said Logano. “Ryan got caught up with lapped traffic. I had a big run and got on the outside. He got really loose there at the end of the run.

“I’m excited about this win here. It has been a long time coming. I feel like I’ve lost a lot of them here. I’ve been really close to winning them and I’ve never been able to win it. So to finally get it means a lot,” Logano said.

Truex, who was racing less than two weeks after have an appendectomy, was forced to settle for second.

“Man, it’s just frustrating,” Truex said. “I’ll get one eventually. It’s just tough.”

“To race each other in front of the leader like that is not smart. I probably could have picked a better way to get around them. … I think if I hadn’t caught that lapped traffic I would have had them.”

Brian Scott was a career-best third to complete the 1-2-3 finish for JGR.

Kurt Busch and Justin Allgaier rounded out the first five finishers.

Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler and Ty Dillon, making his Nationwide Series debut, were next across the finish line followed by James Buescher and Jeremy Clements.

The series point championship received a shake-up when early in the race leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun and crash on the backstretch. The Roush Fenway Racing driver made hard contact with the inside retaining wall and although he was able to come back on track after repairs to finish 32nd, his lead over Sadler disappeared and he now trails by 12 points. Austin Dillon is third 14 out of the lead.

“I wasn’t up on the wheel and just kind of riding around until that competition caution and just got behind on the steering,” Stenhouse Jr. said. “It was driver error, totally my fault.

“Dover is a place you have to attack, but you have to respect it. You always have to be up on the wheel, and I think I got too relaxed just riding around logging laps. It was just driver error.”

The day’s other controversial incident involved Danica Patrick and Sam Hornish Jr., who made contact running through Turn 3. Patrick spun and collected Brad Sweet in the process, significantly damaging both cars.

The two drivers, who have been involved in other scuffles including earlier this year at Talladega, didn’t blame one another for their latest tangle.

"I don't want to have any problems with her," Hornish said. "I don't harness any ill will, you know?"

The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to action at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 16.

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