Auto racing: Logano roars past Hornish to win at Chicagoland

2013-07-22T00:00:00Z Auto racing: Logano roars past Hornish to win at ChicagolandThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

JOLIET, Ill. - Joey Logano held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday.

Logano, the lone Sprint Cup regular in the race, earned his second Nationwide win of the year and No. 20 for his career. He also won at Dover in June.

Hornish held on for second, giving car owner Roger Penske the top two spots. Austin Dillon finished third, earning a $100,000 bonus.

Elliott Sadler had the lead on a restart with 24 laps remaining. But the defending race winner faded as Hornish moved in front on the track where he won consecutive IndyCar races in 2002 and 2003.

Hornish looked in position to secure the victory when Logano roared into the lead and went on to the victory while the rest of the Sprint Cup drivers took the weekend off.

Sadler finished fourth, and was followed by Brian Vickers, Parker Kligerman and Trevor Bayne. Illinois native Justin Allgaier, Brad Sweet and Matt Crafton rounded out the top 10 in the first Nationwide stop of the year at Chicagoland.

The series returns in September on the same weekend that the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins at the track.

Sadler and Regan Smith saw little of each other one week after their collision at New Hampshire led to a midweek phone call to clear the air. Sadler confronted Smith right after the race, promising he would not win the series title, and then said he would race the No. 7 Chevrolet differently in the future.

There were no such problems at Chicagoland.

NHRA Nationals

MORRISON, Colo. - Defending Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson won the Mile-High NHRA Nationals for the fifth time Sunday, holding off Colorado native V. Gaines in the final round.

Making his seventh straight final-round appearance in the event, Johnson raced to his fourth victory of the year with a 6.989-second run at 196.87 mph in a Dodge Avenger. He was two straight victories at the Colorado track and four in the past five years.

"My crew is the reason that we've had all of this success for the last seven races here," Johnson said. "They are just so determined to win it every year. I have to thank them and give them all of the credit."

Spencer Massey won the Top Fuel division, Cruz Pedregon topped the Funny Car field, and Shawn Gann won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Massey raced to his third victory of the season and 13th of his career, beating Bob Vandergriff in the final. Massey powered his dragster to a 3.974 at 309.27.

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