Fourth and 11 for Logano
If Joey Logano wins this weekend's Nationwide race, it will be his fourth consecutive victory at Dover
No, Joey Logano has not traded in his fire suit and steering wheel for a football helmet and cleats.
When the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers line up for the start of the 5-Hour Energy 200 Benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Dover International Speedway, Logano will be looking to make history.
If the driver of the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford for Saturday's race captures the checkered flag it will be the fourth consecutive time he's celebrated in Victory Lane in the series at Dover.
"That's the goal for the weekend," Logano replied when asked about how great it would be to win a fourth-straight NASCAR Nationwide race at Dover. "Every weekend, we want to go out there and win the race. And I think we have a great shot to do it at Dover."
No other driver has ever won three consecutive NASCAR Nationwide events at the one-mile oval. Only eight drivers have won back-to-back races in the series at Dover, which has been on the schedule since the series' inaugural season in 1982: Darrell Waltrip (May 1985, May 1986); Robert Pressley (1992 sweep); Todd Bodine (1993 sweep); Randy LaJoie (1996 sweep); Martin Truex Jr. (September 2004, June 2005); Denny Hamlin (September 2007, May 2008); Kyle Busch (2010 sweep) and Carl Edwards (2011 sweep).
In nine starts at Dover, Logano has three wins, five top fives, six top 10s, two poles and an average finishing position of 5.9. He's led more laps (531) at the concrete track than at any other track on the schedule.
"To think that you can win three-straight and even four-straight races at a track is pretty freaking cool," Logano said. "I really want to go out there and make it happen this weekend."
If Logano does end the day celebrating in Victory Lane, it will be the 11th time this season the No. 22 has found pay dirt. Logano and three other drivers -- Brad Keselowski, AJ Allmendinger and Ryan Blaney -- have all wheeled the Ford past the start-finish line first a combined 10 times. Penske Racing and the No. 22 hold a 23-point advantage over Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 54 Toyota in the owners' points battle.
"I've heard a lot of people trying to downplay (the owners' championship) and say it isn't that important. But, there are 100-plus guys back at the Penske Racing shop that feel it's pretty important," Logano said when asked about the importance of the owners' title.
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