In an action-packed day at Michigan International Speedway, a turn of events helped an old face land in victory lane.
Joey Logano led with five laps to go, maintaining a 1.7-second lead over a stout Paul Menard. Suddenly, his No. 22 Discount Tire Ford ducked onto pit road. “Flat,” he radioed in. “Damn.”
The win fell into Menard’s hands, and he didn’t let it go. Taking the checkered, it was his second win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the first in almost ten years. He hasn’t visited a victory lane since winning the 2011 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“I was going to enjoy it this time, and then I didn’t know where the hell to go,” he commented in the winner’s circle after needed instructions to the destination.
On Logano, he said, “ I was trying to run him down, and I couldn’t run him down. The best car won to day.”
The flip side was both angry and disappointed. “I hate giving them away like that, you know? You win some this way, you lose some this way, and today we lost them that way. That’s racing for you.“
Logano then summed it up: “Sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield. It sucks.”
The lead was tossed between him, Menard, Kyle Larson, Ty Dillon, and a few others throughout the afternoon. It was hard to keep up but in a good way. The initial start presented drivers going three-wide for the lead, and the intensity level remained that high for the duration of the event.
Though a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular won, the great racing made up for that technicality. As Menard celebrates the victory, NASCAR nation celebrates great racing and an amazing show.
Points Standings after the Ollie’s 250
1. Regan Smith (–)
2. Elliott Sadler (-14)
3. Chase Elliott (-20)
4. Ty Dillon (-35)
5. Trevor Bayne (-50)
6. Brian Scott (-55)
7. Brendan Gaughan (-122)
8. Chris Buescher (-123)
9. James Buescher (-124)
10. Ryan Reed (-152)
11. Landon Cassill (-153)
12. Dylan Kwasniewski (-169)