Two-tire call helps Logano get NNS win at Dover


A two-tire decision on the final pit stop of the day allowed Joey Logano to go to the front of the field, and the Penske Racing driver managed to stay there and win the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway – his third straight NNS victory at the “Monster Mile.”

Logano led the final 34 laps of the race, which goes down as his first win overall as a member of the Penske camp.

“We were able to maintain second or third the first run and then we got up to the lead for a little bit and really the winning call was the last pit stop when [crew chief] Jeremy [Bullins] made an audible and decided to do two tires after we already took our two in order to beat out a lot of those guys,” said Logano.

“I think the first guy on four was back in 10th. That gave us track position and I made sure I held [them] off.”

Kyle Busch had been the leader for much of the race going into his own final stop of the day but opted to do a four-tire stop. That caused him to be stuck in traffic and he was only able to jump from 10th on the final restart to fifth at the checkered flag.

Busch’s four-tire stop made Bullins’ two-tire decision for his driver Logano easy to make.

“I had a good view of the 54 [Busch] and as soon as we saw they were taking four and there were a bunch of guys coming that had taken two, we called it off and took two and got out front,” Bullins said. “The guys did a good job.”

Brian Vickers came home second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Sam Hornish Jr. and Busch to round out the Top 5 at Dover.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.