Paul Menard Back in Victory Lane

Paul Menard

Paul Menard returned to Victory Lane in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the first time since 2006 on Saturday in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

Race Results

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Paul Menard returned to Victory Lane in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the first time since 2006 on Saturday in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

With four laps-to-go Menard was able to take advantage of Joey Logano's misfortune to collect his second career win in 184 starts. Menard was driving a new car with a new motor for Richard Childress Racing and scored the win in his debut working with crew chief Nick Harrison.

"I hate for anything bad to happen to Joey," Menard said. "We were better than him all day. I felt I gave it away on the last restart. I guess he had a tire go down.

"It took us about three runs yesterday to get it dialed in and after that I felt like we had the best car."

Logano appeared to be on his to the win, but cut a right-rear tire after leading 43 laps.

“I must of run something over.," said Logano, who wound-up finishing 16th. "The 6 car was running around there with garbage flying off his car the whole last run. I don’t really know why NASCAR let that car back on the race track. Sometimes you do everything right and you don’t win. It’s frustrating, but that's racing.

Sam Hornish Jr. spun on lap 2, but rallied back to finish second in the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

“It was really just something that we fought all day long,” Hornish said. “I went down in the corner and didn’t want to dive bomb down underneath the 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and went to the outside and as soon as I got clean air on the nose it just pinned the nose of the car and the backend came around. I thought, ‘Well, that didn’t really start off the way that we wanted to.’"

“We were able to work our way back up there and just didn’t have enough for the ‘33’ there at the end. Real proud to have the opportunity to come out here and run.”

Dale Earnhardt finished third from the 11th starting position.

“The car wasn’t as good as it was yesterday to start the race,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “We worked on it and adjusted and made it a little bit better at the end but it still wasn’t that great of a racecar - real good strategy and a good finish for us.

Pole winner Kyle Busch and Brian Scott rounded out the top five.

Regan Smith maintained his series points lead with a seventh-place finish. He now leads Elliott Sadler by 14 points.

The damage on the No. 6 Ford of Trevor Bayne was caused when Dylan Kwasniewski got loose in Turn 1 and collected him.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series now heads to Road America on June 21.

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