Logano Leads Team Interstate in Dover
Team Interstate racing wrap up for June 1-3, 2012:
Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry, led Team Interstate by finishing eighth in the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It was Logano’s third top-10 finish in seven Sprint Cup starts at Dover and his fourth top-10 result of 2012.
Logano’s Team Interstate companions – Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry and Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&Ms/Interstate Batteries® Toyota Camry – finished 18th and 29th, respectively. Busch’s car suffered a mechanical issue on lap 202, and he failed to finish the event.
“Unfortunately we had a valve spring break (in the engine) and then dropped the valve, which hit the pistons,” said Busch, who won at Dover in June 2008 and May 2010. “It’s real unfortunate. You know, we had good car. We were running up front there. We were biding our time trying to see if we couldn’t keep up with the racetrack. This M&M’s Camry was good. Just didn’t have enough for the front couple, I don’t think, but a third-place car.”
Jimmie Johnson won the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks to score his 57th career Sprint Cup victory, his second of the season and his seventh at Dover.
With round 13 of 36 complete, Hamlin leads the Team Interstate trio in the championship point standings. He is fourth with 464 points, 22 behind series leader Greg Biffle. Busch stands ninth with 406 points, 80 out of first. Logano is 16th with 350 points, 136 away from the top spot.
|Driver Standings After Round 12 of 36|
|3||+1||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||476||-10||0||0||5||10|
|6||—||Martin Truex Jr.||441||-45||1||0||4||8|
Nationwide: Team Interstate Finishes 1, 2, 3
Team Interstate’s Joey Logano tamed the monster known as Dover International Speedway, winning Saturday’s Nationwide Series race as Joe Gibbs Racing finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Teammate Ryan Truex finished second and Brian Scott finished third.
The win was Logano’s fourth of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, third win in the last four NNS races he’s competed and the 13th victory of career. He led a race-high 154 of the 200 laps, the most laps Logano has ever led in a single NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
Saturday was the first time JGR has swept the top-three positions in a NASCAR Nationwide Series event. The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota extended its lead in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner’s point standings. The No. 18 team now has a 32-point advantage over the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing machine and a 46-point lead over the No. 6 of Roush-Fenway Racing.
Motocross: Regal Struggles in Thunder Valley
Team Interstate’s Kyle Regal didn’t get the start he was hoping for in Saturday’s first heat of the AMA National Motocross Championship event at Thunder Valley Raceway in Lakewood, Colo. He crossed the finish line in 24th the first lap and stayed near that position, ultimately finishing 22nd. Regal had a great start in the second heat, rounding the first turn in second position. He slipped back to sixth place after a minor mistake, and as he attempted to move back into the top five, he crashed with another rider. Regal was shaken up badly and unable to continue. He was credited with 37th place. His 22 – 37 scores equated to 30th overall.
Teammate Davi Millsaps, who with his wife Brittany welcomed their first child , a baby boy, on Thursday, was still suffering the effects of a hard practice crash two weeks ago and was unable to race.
NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing: Englishtown
Mike Edwards opened competition at Englishtown, N.J., in his Penhall/K&N/Insterstate Batteries Pontiac against Larry Morgan. With a .022-second reaction at the start, Edwards never looked back and advanced from the round of 16, with a 6.53 to 6.60. Though he won the opening frame, Edwards lost lane choice to Greg Anderson by a mere six-thousandths of a second.
In the round of eight, and in the right lane, Edwards grabbed what should have been an insurmountable seven-hundredths advantage at the starting line, but he could not keep the car hooked and was forced to abandon the run and watch Anderson streak to the final four, and eventually the race win.
“It was a good weekend, but we just came up short,” Edwards said. “We lost lane choice by a couple thousandths and that was really important, since the right lane seemed to be tricky.
“We shook pretty hard and I tried to short shift in hopes it would calm down but it just got worse and I had to shut it off.”
After nine events, Edwards sits fifth in points, with only eight races remaining to make the Countdown to Championship playoff.
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Next week: Pennsylvania becomes the center of racing as NASCAR visits the “Tricky Triangle” of Pocono Raceway and AMA Motocross visits High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris. NHRA drag racing returns June 15-17 in Bristol, Tenn.