Logano Holds Off Teammate Hornish At Chicagoland
Joey Logano took the lead on the final restart and led the final 15 laps to win Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
It was Logano’s second win in the NNS this season, having also won June 1 at Dover International Speedway.
Sam Hornish Jr. and Penske Racing teammate Logano went at each other on the final restart. Logano finally got past Hornish coming out of Turn 2 on Lap 186.
When Mike Bliss lost a tire on Lap 171 of the scheduled 200-lap event, all leaders pitted on the next lap, all taking four tires.
Elliott Sadler exited the pits in the lead, followed by Hornish, Logano, Dillon and Allgaier. Brian Vickers, however, suffered a slow pit stop and dropped four spots to eighth. Part of the problem may have been that Vickers was working with a substitute pit crew, rather than his usual team.
Four laps later, Sadler overdrove a corner and fell from the lead to fourth, followed quickly by a caution on Lap 179 when the motor in Reed Sorenson’s car blew up, spewing a oil on the track.
Hornish won the pole in qualifying Sunday morning, his first pole of the season, with Sadler alongside him on the front row. Also of note was Travis Pastrana, who started fifth, his third top-five qualifying effort in his last four starts.
Hornish dominated in the early part of the race until he pitted on Lap 49 after a caution for Harrison Rhodes’ car. Hornish was penalized for entering pit road too fast and, even though he exited in second place, the penalty dropped him back to 20th place on the restart.
But there was some consolation in that teammate Logano, managed to take the lead shortly after the restart.
Sadler held the lead at the halfway point (100 laps), but a slow pit stop a few laps later seriously cost Sadler and he dropped back to second as Austin Dillon took the lead.
Pastrana’s good start didn’t quite finish that way as he suffered a tire issue on Lap 114 that sent his car careening into the wall, bringing out the fourth caution of the race.
Points leader Regan Smith was involved in a solo spin into the infield grass on Lap 128, bringing out the caution, but his Chevrolet suffered minimal damage. Smith was running 12th at the time.
Kyle Larson did not pit, choosing to stay out on old tires and took the lead on the restart on Lap 134, but quickly paid for that decision, dropping 10 spots to 11th in the next eight laps.
Dillon won the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash race-within-a-race promotion for the second straight week, taking home yet another $100,000.No Comment