Joey Logano takes pole position for today’s Nationwide race at Dover

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This past May at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano’s streak of four consecutive Nationwide Series wins there was snapped.

Today, he’ll try to start a new streak from the pole position.

Logano, driving the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang, will lead the field to the green flag later this afternoon after posting a 154.972 mph lap during qualifying.

He’ll be joined on the front row by Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott, who lost out on the pole by a mere .016 of a second following a 154.865 mph lap in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

“We did a really good job yesterday on tuning this thing in for what we needed in the race and also getting some more speed out of it,” Logano told Fox Sports.

“I’m excited about that, because we didn’t unload as the greatest but were able to get back to that Dover feel I really like.”

Nationwide regular Ty Dillon qualified third for Richard Childress Racing and will start alongside Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson in Row 2. Kyle Busch, the one that ended Logano’s Nationwide reign at the Monster Mile in May, is set to go from fifth on the grid with Chris Buescher flanking him.

Brian Scott and Regan Smith will make up Row 4. Today’s Dover 200 will be a critical one for Smith as he seeks to hack into teammate Elliott’s 20-point lead in the Nationwide standings.

Row 5 features RCR part-timer Cale Conley and Elliott Sadler, while last week’s Nationwide winner at Kentucky, Brendan Gaughan, starts on the outside of Row 6 with Justin Boston.

Two drivers, Mike Harmon and Milka Duno, failed to make the field.

Today’s race is scheduled to see the green shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES AT DOVER – Starting Lineup

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Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).