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Joey Logano Wins the STP 300
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Lagono slices through the field, claims second victory at Chicagoland Speedway.
by Dan Peters

Some NASCAR drivers take a week off from the Sprint Cup Series, head to the beach, visit family and friends, play golf or just plain take it easy.

Not "Sliced Bread."  Joey's  way of relaxing is behind the wheel of a race car. Logano decided to race in the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, and it was a great call.

And they're off.................
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Logano took the lead on the final restart and led the final 15 circuits to claim his second NASCAR Nationwide race of the season. His other win came earlier at Dover on June 1st.

"I was ok doing nothing on the off-weekend, but you can't say no to RP (team owner Roger Penske)." Lagono said with a laugh.

Joey Logano in front on the restart of the race.
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"At the start of the race, I thought we had a third place car, but we made some adjustments and got it a lot better."

Race leader Sam Hornish, Jr and Penske Racing teammate Logano fought hard on the final restart of the race, with Logano pushing past Hornish out of turn 2 on lap 186 and never looked back, race over.

"That was a big momentum switch for us after two bad races the last weekend at New Hampshire," Lagono said. "We're looking forward to getting to Indianapolis next weekend, we'll be running both races and hopefully we can get some momentum from this win going forward there."

Second place is not bad at all...

"We would have liked to win, but you can't complain too much with it being a 1-2 Penske finish, it was a really good thing," Hornish said.

It was indeed a great weekend for Team Penske. Hornish won the Coors Light Pole in qualifying earlier on Sunday morning, his first pole of the season. Last year's winner Elliott Sadler started alongside him on the front row.

Hornish was followed by Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers to round out the top five.

Matt Crafton  33 in the pits (above) and Joey Logano 22 leaving the pits to grab a win (below).
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Sam Hornish would dominate the early portion of the race, until a pit stop on lap 49. A great pit stop, but the NASCAR police caught him speeding entering pit road. He exited in second place, but the penalty would put him back to 20th on the restart. Hornish sliced through the field, but could not overtake his teammate.

Points... Points.. It’s about Points.

More important for Hornish, he regained the lead in the Nationwide Series points standings, passing former leader Regan Smith. He know leads Smith by seven points.

Michael Annett in the 43 Ford  in the pits for some tires.
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"We've gone from being 58 points behind after Michigan to seven ahead," Hornish said. "What we do now is try to figure out where to go from here."

Dillon Earns Second-Consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash $100,000 Bonus with Third-Place Finish at Chicagoland Speedway

Justin Allgaier  in the  31 Chevrolet  getting his tail sniffed by Regan Smith in the 7  Chevrolet.  
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Austin Dillon drove the RCR No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet to a third-place finish in the STP 300 NASCAR at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday afternoon, besting the performances of fellow Dash 4 Cash competitors Brian Scott, Brian Vickers and Michael Annett to earn a $100,000 bonus for the second-consecutive week. Dillon is now eligible for Nationwide Insurance's fourth and final leg of the Dash 4 Cash program next weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and is the only series competitor who has qualified for every leg of the program. The Welcome, N.C. driver started Sunday's race from the third position and never fell below eighth in the running order.

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"Wow, another $100,000. Thanks to Nationwide Insurance for putting this program together, and first and foremost, thanks to the Lord above. We had a great AdvoCare Chevrolet today. We started off a little free. We made a big adjustment during the first pit stop and it turned out to really help us. The AdvoCare team did a good job today. It was about track position at the end there. I think the fans should have enjoyed it because it was four-wide racing at the end on that one restart."

RCR drivers fared well at Chicagoland Speedway today. In only his second start in the series, Matt Crafton fought an ill-handling car all day to bring his Chevrolet Camaro home 10th. Crafton started the event from the fourth position and remained in the top five until lap 28 when his. 33 Rheem/Menards car was loose on exit. The caution flag was displayed on lap 49. Crew chief Ernie Cope to call Crafton to pit road for four Goodyear Eagle tires, Sunoco Green E15 fuel and an air pressure adjustment.

Harrison Rhodes in the 23 Ford  just finished  45 laps when the engine went.
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The Tulare, Calif., native restarted the race on lap 53 from the sixth position. Shortly after pitting for routine service under green-flag conditions on lap 100, Crafton reported a bad vibration in the rear of the car, forcing the team to make an unscheduled stop on lap 112. The crew changed four tires and topped off with fuel as Crafton returned to the track on lap 114 in the 18th position, one lap down to the leader.

Crafton raced his way into the "Lucky Dog" position and rejoined the lead lap cars when the caution flag was displayed on lap 130. Crafton restarted in the 15th position and quickly worked his way to the 12th position by lap 149. The caution flag was displayed again on lap 172 for an accident, and Crafton relayed to the team he was still too loose off. Receiving four tires and a splash of fuel on pit road, he returned to the track in the 12th spot. During the closing laps, Crafton battled his way to the 10th position, where he finished the race. The finish marked his second top-10 in his second career Nationwide Series start.

"We battled a loose car most of the race, but I'm proud of the way this team fought back to get a top-10 finish. I am grateful to Menards and the entire Richard Childress Racing organization for the opportunity to be behind the wheel in the Nationwide Series. We'll take this top-10 and hope to improve on it in my next run at Kentucky Speedway."

Elliott Sadler had a strong run, but his pit stops would ultimately cost him the win. Sadler exited the  pits in the lead after the first stop. He would hold the lead at the races mid-point ( 100 laps) and looked like he was cruising to his second straight Chicago finish, but Sadler overdrove his race car and fell from the lead to fourth.

Joey Logano gets to the finish line in the right order and a right good win.
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Still finishing was a shot in the arm, especially after being wrecked out late in last Saturday’s Nationwide race at New Hampshire.

“(We) should have been in Victory Lane, but I tried to be too greedy and keep my car too low and it bit us in the end,” Sadler said. “We’ll have to take what it gave us, fourth-place and we’ll go on to Indy.”

Travis Pastrana, who started fifth in the #60 Roush Mustang, had his third top-five qualifying effort in his last four starts. Pastrana’s good start didn’t quite finish that way as he suffered a tire problem on lap 114 that sent his Ford careening into the wall, bringing out the fourth caution of the race.

Nationwide Points leader 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. and it would cost him the points lead.

Next up for the Nationwide Series.. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Joey Logano warms up the track on a hot day...
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Race Results


1    Joey Logano    22    Ford    200 laps        
2    Sam Hornish Jr.    12    Ford    200        
3    Austin Dillon    3    Chevrolet    200       
4    Elliott Sadler    11    Toyota    200        
5    Brian Vickers    20    Toyota    200        
6    Parker Kligerman    77    Toyota    200        
7    Trevor Bayne    6    Ford    200        
8    Justin Allgaier    31    Chevrolet    200        
9    Brad Sweet    5    Chevrolet    200        
10    Matt Crafton    33    Chevrolet    200        
11    Brian Scott    2    Chevrolet    200        
12    Kyle Larson    32    Chevrolet    200        
13    Regan Smith    7    Chevrolet    200        
14    Joey Coulter    54    Toyota    200        
15    Dakoda Armstrong    21    Chevrolet    200        
16    Michael Annett    43    Ford    200        
17    Nelson Piquet Jr.    30    Chevrolet    200        
18    Travis Pastrana    60    Ford    199        
19    Mike Bliss    19    Toyota    199        
20    Johanna Long    70    Chevrolet    199        
21    Landon Cassill    4    Chevrolet    198        
22    Chad Hackenbracht    44    Toyota    197        
23    Joe Nemechek    87    Toyota    196        
24    Mike Wallace    01    Chevrolet    196       
25    Jeremy Clements    51    Chevrolet    196       
26    Kyle Fowler    79    Ford    196        
27    Blake Koch    24    Toyota    195        
28    Eric McClure    14    Toyota    195        
29    Dexter Stacey    92    Ford    195        
30    Reed Sorenson    40    Chevrolet    175        
31    Alex Bowman    99    Toyota    172        
32    Harrison Rhodes    23    Ford    45        
33    Kevin Lepage    74    Chevrolet    36       
34    Tanner Berryhill    17    Toyota    20        
35    Carl Long    15    Ford    14         38  
36    T.J. Bell    42    Chevrolet    13        
37    Jeff Green    10    Toyota    11        
38    Ken Butler    00    Toyota    10       
39    Matt DiBenedetto    37    Dodge    6        
40    Joey Gase    52    Chevrolet    1        

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