NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars, specifically Chase for the Sprint Cup competitors, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano dominated the Dover 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Saturday. After leading the second half of the race, Busch claimed his 68th-career Nationwide Series win, while Logano took second after dominating the first half of the race.
“I’d like to tell you we were set up for the end of the race, but we just missed it to start out the weekend,” Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens said.
Busch took the lead from Logano on a restart near the halfway point of the race and pulled out to a lead of over five seconds by the time the yellow flag waved for the fourth time, negating the cushion, on lap 147.
Busch got off pit road ahead of Logano and remained up front the rest of the way.
“Even the first half, I knew we had a good car, and I was just hanging back, just chilling,” Busch said.
Logano started the race on the pole, with Nationwide Series rookie and championship points leader Chase Elliott alongside on the front row. Logano was a mainstay up front in the race’s first half, leading all green-flag laps before losing the lead to Busch.
“Just got tight (in the second half). Trying to understand why, just not sure yet,” Logano said. “First half of the race went perfect. Just lost the handle on it in the second half.”
Brian Scott did lead a few laps under caution after the yellow flag waved for the second time in the race on lap 39. Busch got off pit road first during the caution after taking only two tires, but when the race restarted, Logano moved back to the front and pulled away to a lead of about five seconds before the lap-96 caution.
Elliott finished third after sustaining damage from the incident between Kevin Swindell and Tanner Berryhill that brought out the caution on lap 96. He made an extra stop during the yellow flag for repairs.
“Greg (Ives, crew chief) and everybody did a good job getting this thing patched back up,” Elliott said.
Chris Buescher finished fourth, and Elliott Sadler fifth. Kyle Larson finished sixth after restarting the race in the back twice because of pit road violations — one for taking a gas can out of his pit stall and another for speeding. Scott finished seventh, Regan Smith was eighth, Trevor Bayne ninth, and Ty Dillon rounded out the top-10.
With his third-place finish, Elliott grew his championship points lead from 20 to 26 points over JR Motorsports teammate, Smith.