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.