Logano keeps Dover winning streak going

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Logano now has four-consecutive Nationwide victories at Dover International Speedway, and sets a new NASCAR record.

Joey Logano makes Dover (Del.) International Speedway history on Saturday with a win in the 5-hour Energy 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the track. He became the first driver across all of NASCAR's national touring series to win four-straight at Dover and with his most recent win, has bragging rights as the winningest Nationwide driver, overall, at DIS.

"It's a huge deal," Logano said of winning four-straight. "Just fun being in victory lane and getting four-in-a-row. This is my favorite race track."

On top of that, he claimed the second-straight win for the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford team, following a win by Ryan Blaney in the car a week earlier at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

"This is all about these guys," Logano said, referring to his No. 22 team. "They gave me what I needed today."

Kyle Larson finished a distant second in the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet, after running in the top-five for much of the race, despite starting 17th. It was Larson's third runner-up showing of the season.

"(Crew chief) Trent (Owens) made a great call early in the race to get us to the front, and fortunately, we had a long green-flag run."

The No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick finished third. The only other car to finish on the lead lap was the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Brian Vickers, finishing fourth.

Logano started on the pole, but lost the lead to the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Kyle Busch on lap 19. The pit strategy of staying out during two early cautions, though, resulted in Busch finishing off the lead lap in the sixth spot.

The yellow flag waved only twice in the 200-lap race, first on lap 24 and then again just 11 laps later. Several drivers outside the top-10 pitted during the first caution, while everyone else, except for Busch pitted during the second caution.

Busch stayed out during both yellow flags and continued to lead the way until having to head down pit road on lap 87. Logano had waited until the second caution to pit and, as a result, restarted back in 18th position. By the time Busch made his first pit stop under green, Logano was up to second and in position to take the lead when Busch headed down pit road.

The rest of the field began cycling through what would become final pit stops just a few laps later. When everyone else cycled through their stops, Busch returned to the lead. But he still needed to make one final stop.

On fresher tires, Logano was able to catch back up to Busch and retake the lead before Busch headed down pit road for the final time. In all, Busch led 89 laps of the race before making his final stop with 25 laps remaining. He wound up finishing eighth.

Logano remained up front the rest of the way. His Penske teammate and series championship points leader, Sam Hornish Jr. in the No. 12 Ford, saw his cushion atop the standings dwindle to four points over the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Austin Dillon.

Hornish started the race second to Logano and headed down pit road during the second caution, just like Logano, but was unable to work his way back toward the front as the handling went away on his car. Things went from bad to worse for Hornish when he was caught speeding on pit road during the final cycle of green-flag stops. He wound up finishing 17th, while Dillon finished sixth.

The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Elliott Sadler finished fifth. Other top-10 finishers included the No. 77 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota of Parker Kligerman in seventh, the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Trevor Bayne in ninth and the No. 19 TriStar Motorsports Toyota of Mike Bliss in 10th

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