Joey Logano wins Alliance Truck Parts 250

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Joey Logano followed up his Sprint Cup victory at Pocono last weekend with a win on the Nationwide Series on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

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Joey Logano celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 200 auto race at Michigan International Speedway, Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Autostock, Matthew T. Thacker) MANDATORY CREDIT  MATTHEW T. THACKER/AP
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Joey Logano celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 200 auto race at Michigan International Speedway, Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Autostock, Matthew T. Thacker) MANDATORY CREDIT

Logano held off James Buescher for his fifth Nationwide win of the year and 14th of his career. He has won four of the last five races in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

“I’ve just had a lot of confidence in myself lately and my abilities and knowing what I can do,” Logano said. “There hasn’t been an opportunity that we let slip up yet.”

Kurt Busch, back from a one-week suspension, finished third.

There was a red flag with seven laps to go after an accident involving Josh Richards and Jamie Dick. Flames shot briefly out of Dick’s car, but both drivers were evaluated and released after the crash.

Buescher tried to pass Logano on the inside in the final seconds but wasn’t able to.

“We took a shot at it at the end,” Buescher said. “As long as you’re in position, that’s all you can ask for.”

Logano led for the final 24 laps. Paul Menard led for 37 laps but finished eighth.

INDYCAR SERIES: In West Allis, Wis., Ryan Hunter-Reay found his way back to victory lane at the Milwaukee Mile, holding off Tony Kanaan on Saturday.

It was the sixth career victory and first this season for Hunter-Reay, who brought home a victory for the man who brought the historic but financially troubled Milwaukee track back to IndyCar – car owner Michael Andretti.

“It really is amazing,” Hunter-Reay said. “Milwaukee has been so important to IndyCar for so long, and I think this is a huge event for Milwaukee. These two belong together. So I really thank Michael for sticking his neck out, coming back here and really doing it the right way.”

Hunter-Reay also won at the track in 2004 in the now-defunct Champ Car Series.

Kanaan was second, followed by James Hinchcliffe, Oriol Servia and E.J. Viso.

Scott Dixon had to serve a drive-through penalty for jumping a restart and finished 11th.

24 HOURS OF LE MANS: In Le Mans, France, Audi was in position to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the 11th time, with its cars in the top three spots Saturday night.

Its main rival, Toyota, virtually fell out of contention. A crash forced Toyota No. 8 to retire while Toyota No. 7 dropped to 47th place, 30 laps off the pace.

In the 10th hour, defending champion Andre Lotterer in his Audi No. 1 led Allan McNish’s Audi No. 2 and Mike Rockenfeller’s Audi No. 4 by one lap.

Nick Heidfeld’s Lola No. 12 was in fourth place, four laps behind Lotterer.

At the end of the fifth hour, Ferrari No. 81 bumped into Toyota No. 8, which was running third and driven by Anthony Davidson. The Toyota became airborne before slamming into the tire barrier, forcing the safety car to come out.

Davidson was carried to the circuit’s medical center. The Toyota team said doctors confirmed that “the pilot is suffering from shock and back pain.” He was conscious but will be taken to a local hospital for precautionary checks.

Before the safety car came on, Nicolas Lapierre in his Toyota No. 7 passed Benoit Treluyer’s Audi No. 1 that had been leading from the start. But Audi No. 1 took advantage of pit stops to recapture the lead while the safety car was on track.

Toyota nearly lost its only car left when the race resumed. Kazuki Nakajima’s Toyota No. 7 attempted a risky pass and collided with the Nissan DeltaWing in the seventh hour. Nakajima damaged the rear of his car and his crew wasted a lot of time to repair it.

Audi also had a scare in the fifth hour when Romain Dumas’ Audi No. 3 went wide at the Forza chicane and crashed into a tire barrier. However, Dumas was able to drive back to the pits to repair his car.

The German manufacturer made the best of the rolling start to take the top three spots when Allan McNish’s Audi No. 2 overtook Stephane Sarrazin’s Toyota No. 8 in the opening lap to take third.

But Audi No. 3, in second place, suffered a puncture and Audi No. 2 had a rear suspension problem. Both went to the pits, allowing the Toyota cars to make up ground.

Audi has won seven of the last eight races at Le Mans. Peugeot was able to disrupt the dominance of the German manufacturer in 2009.

Toyota is returning to the world’s most famous endurance race, 13 years after its last participation.

A total of 56 cars started the 80th edition of the French endurance race, which will end Sunday afternoon.


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