Logano Dialed In at Dover

Joey Logano

Joey Logano seeks this weekend to become only the fourth driver in Nationwide history to win five consecutive races at a single track. (Photo: Getty Images)

DOVER, Del. – Joey Logano shoots for his record-tying fifth consecutive Nationwide Series victory at Dover International Speedway in Saturday’s Buckle Up 200.

Logano has won the last four series races at the “Monster Mile.’’ In those four races, Logano led a total of 510 of the 800 laps run.

Should he win Saturday, he will join Kyle Busch (Texas), Dale Earnhardt (Daytona) and Jack Ingram (South Boston) as the only drivers to score five consecutive Nationwide wins at a single track. Logano would become the first of that group to score his wins with multiple teams. He swept the 2012 Nationwide races at Dover for Joe Gibbs Racing and won last year’s races for Team Penske.

With such impressive career numbers, Logano has made things look easy at Dover since his made his debut at the track six years ago.

"I wouldn’t say it’s come easy by any means,” Logano said. “Dover is just one of those tracks that I’ve taken a liking to over the years, and I’ve really figured out what it takes to get a car around there.”

Logano credits much of his Dover success to the ability to convey information to crew chiefs, who in turn have been able to make the car better.

“It starts with having great cars and a great team behind you,’’ Logano said. “When you come to the track, you are prepared and you just need to make little adjustments here and there to make sure everything is how you want it. And over the years, I’ve just figured out what those little adjustments need to be to be fast."

Logano has been fast at Dover nearly right out of the box dating back to his series debut in 2008, which came a week after his 18th birthday. He started ninth and finished sixth that afternoon and followed that up by scoring his first career Nationwide win two weeks later at Kentucky to become the youngest series winner.

"It was surreal for sure,” Logano recalled of his Dover debut. “I was just 18 years old and I didn’t know any better. We had press conferences and media all day long. It was crazy. I was just thinking ‘Whoa is this what this is always going to be like?’

“Once the race came and went, things kind of got back to normal. But it was a lot of fun. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into and what to expect. It was a learning process for sure. And I was young and just learning everything I could. It was a lot of fun and I wouldn’t change it for anything now. All of those experiences, both good and bad, helped shape me into the driver I am today." 

Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage of the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket on Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET) with live streaming at MRN.com

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