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Pit strategy propels Logano to Dover victory

The SportsXchange

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

Distributed by The Sports Xchange

DOVER, Del. -- Joey Logano used pit strategy to erase a five-second deficit and win Saturday's 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.

A two-tire call got Logano out front for a restart with 34 laps left, while a four-tire choice on the same pit stop buried Kyle Busch in traffic and changed the course of the race.

The victory was Logano's first of the season, his third straight at the Monster Mile and the 19th of his career. Brian Vickers ran second, .576 seconds behind Logano. Matt Kenseth finished third, followed by Trevor Bayne. Busch passed Sam Hornish Jr. for the fifth spot in the closing laps.

Kasey Kahne was an integral part of the third caution, on Lap 113, when he made Mike Wallace pay for repeatedly holding him up by punting Wallace's car off Turn 2. Kahne used the opportunity to grab the race lead, thanks to a two-tire call under the yellow on Lap 114.

Kahne held off Busch after the restart on Lap 121, but a quick caution a lap later -- after Reed Sorenson's Chevy stalled at the exit from pit road -- gave Busch another shot at a restart on Lap 129. Busch cleared Kahne into Turn 1 on the restart lap and opened a lead of nearly one second.

But caution for Dexter Stacey's spinoff Turn 4 on Lap 161 turned the race upside-down.

Busch and Kahne took four tires on a Lap 163 pit stop under caution, while nine other lead-lap cars went with two-tire calls and came out ahead of Busch and Kahne, who restarted 10th and 11th, respectively.

Mired in traffic, Busch struggled to move forward, and Logano, who led the field to green on Lap 167, drove away.
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