Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/19/14

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 01: Joey Logano, driver of the Home Depot Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 on October 1, 2010 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASCAR's hottest driver, Joey Logano, crossed the finish line .208 seconds ahead of James Buescher in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 on Saturday for yet another Nationwide win in 2012. This marks Logano’s fifth win in 11 starts this season and his 14th overall series victory in his 99th start.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver gave Toyota its first win at Michigan in the Nationwide Series and comes six days after Logano picked up his second career Cup victory at Pocono on Sunday.

Buescher, who won in the Nationwide Series at Daytona in February, had a very fast car at the end of the race and chased Logano for three laps after the final restart. Buescher attempted to pass the No. 18 Camry in Turn 1 on the white-flag lap, trying to make a pass on the inside of Logano's No. 18 JGR Camry, but Buescher couldn't hold his line and Logano pulled away.

Kurt Busch came home third, followed by Cole Whitt and pole-sitter Austin Dillon. Paul Menard, who led a race-high 34 laps, came home in eighth position.

NASCAR was forced to red-flag the race on Lap 119 after Josh Richards and Jamie Dick were involved in a wreck, leaving their parked in Turn 3. Fire erupted under the hood of Dick’s car, but both drivers escaped unharmed. Richards' car, which was parked up on the banking, rolled down the banking without the driver and came to a halt in the infield grass. This mess took eight minutes to clean up and the field got the green flag with three laps to go.

Danica Patrick was close to turning her race around after spinning on Lap 1, but a late race caution would result in a worse finish than the No. 7 team was hoping for. Patrick ran as high as 6th place, but her comeback would be shattered after getting together with Brad Sweet near the end of the race. It was a tough day for the GoDaddy driver as Patrick was involved in three of the seven cautions that occurred during the race and finished in 18th position.

Despite the gritty lead-lap finish, Danica was not the highest-finishing female in the race; that honor went to Johanna Long, who finished 16th after running inside the top 15 for much of the afternoon. There were actually three women in the race, as Angela Cope (niece of former Daytona 500 champion Derrick Cope) finished 28th, six laps off the pace.

Points leader Elliott Sadler finished in 11th position and now holds a narrow eight point lead over teammate Austin Dillon. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dropped from second in the standings to third after suffering handling issues and is now 27 points behind Sadler. The defending series champion finished the race in 25th after insurmountable handling problems ruined his day.

Top 10 finishers:

1. Joey Logano
2. James Buescher
3. Kurt Busch
4. Cole Whitt R
5. Austin Dillon R
6. Sam Hornish Jr.
7. Michael McDowell
8. Paul Menard
9. Brian Scott
10. Brad Keselowski

Other notables:

11. Elliott Sadler
18. Danica Patrick
19. Jason Bowles R
25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Nationwide standings:

1. Elliott Sadler
2. Austin Dillon R, -8
3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., -27
4. Sam Hornish Jr., -45
5. Cole Whitt R, -81
6. Justin Allgaier, -81
7. Michael Annett, -92
8. Mike Bliss, -155
9. Joe Nemecheck, -172
10. Tayler Malsam, -183
10. Danica Patrick, -183

Other notables:

12. Brian Scott, -187
15. Jason Bowles R, -229 


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