Saturday, October 13, 2012

Logano Unstoppable In Nationwide Action

Logano now 8 for 18 in NNS
Joey Logano continued his storybook NASCAR Nationwide Series season Friday night, while Elliott Sadler padded his margin in the race for the series championship.

Logano passed leader Brad Keselowski after a two-tire pit stop with 15 laps remaining to claim his eighth victory of the season in just 18 Nationwide starts. He initially second-guessed crew chief Adam Stevens’ decision to take tires on the final stop, but later admitted it was the correct call.

“Thank God he doesn't listen to me sometimes," said Logano in Victory Lane. "He's smarter than me. He knew how much time two tires were going to pick us up. I wondered why at the time, but he has these things planned out."

Keselowski’s bid for victory fell short when his team failed to get enough gasoline in his tank on a final pit stop with nine laps remaining. He slowed on the track in a last-ditch attempt to save fuel, but was forced to pit again and finished 18th. Kevin Harvick finished second Friday, followed by Sadler, who increased his championship lead to 13 points over defending Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who finished seventh. Kyle Busch was fourth, with Denny Hamlin fifth.

Title contender Austin Dillon finished sixth, and trails Sadler by 25 points.

"Anytime you gain points, it’s a good night," said Sadler.

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