Today’s Buckle Up 200 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway can probably be summed up in four words: Joey Logano vs. Everyone.
The Sprint Cup star has won the last four Nationwide Series events at the Monster Mile, and he’ll seek to make it five in a row from the pole position after posting a lap of 155.474 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford.
Should Logano win today, he’ll tie the NASCAR national series record for most consecutive wins at a track. That record is currently held by Jack Ingram (South Boston), Dale Earnhardt (Daytona), and Kyle Busch (Texas), and he’s itching to get his hands on it as well.
“We tried to do something fairly similar to what we did yesterday in [Cup qualifying], and I think it worked out,” he told ESPN afterwards. “I’ve got a really good Hertz Ford also that has a lot of speed once again here at Dover.
“I’m looking forward to the race and going for that big record of five in a row at a track. It’s a big day and so far, we’re doing good, and we’ll try to make it happen today.”
But he will have some formidable competition out to stop him, including Chase Elliott, who qualified on the outside of the front row with a lap of 155.119 miles per hour in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
Richard Childress Racing’s Brian Scott and NNS all-time wins leader Kyle Busch will go off from Row 2, while Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth line up in Row 3.
The series’ most recent winner, Kyle Larson, will be on the inside of Row 4 and the series’ new points leader, Regan Smith, is starting a bit farther back in Row 6. The green flag for today’s race is expected around 2 p.m. ET.