Joey Lagano wins Nationwide race at Bristol

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Joey Logano held on over a series of late cautions to win his sixth race of 2012,   MATTHEW T. THACKER/ ASSOCIATED PRESS/AUTOSTOCK
MATTHEW T. THACKER/ ASSOCIATED PRESS/AUTOSTOCK
Joey Logano held on over a series of late cautions to win his sixth race of 2012,

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Joey Logano picked up his first Nationwide Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Logano chased down Kevin Harvick, then held on over a series of late cautions for his sixth win of the season. Defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second and was followed by Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon and Elliott Sadler.

Stenhouse and Sadler had contact on the final restart, with three laps remaining in Friday night’s race. Stenhouse immediately went to Sadler’s car and apologized, but Sadler said the door has been opened for them to race each other hard over the stretch for the championship.

The race had plenty of bumping and banging, which track promoter Bruton Smith hoped to return to Bristol by grinding down the top lane this summer.

SUSPENDED: NASCAR has indefinitely suspended a Nationwide Series crew member for violating the substance abuse policy.

Ryan Hess was working with MacDonald Motorsports and driver Jason Bowles earlier this month at Watkins Glen as a mechanic and gas man.

NASCAR began random drug testing in 2009. Five drivers and 10 crewmen from each series are randomly selected for testing weekly, although the substance is not revealed in a positive test.

OBITUARY: Jerry Grant, a race driver who made history by breaking 200 mph in an Indianapolis 500-style car, has died.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway says in a statement that Grand died Aug. 12 at age 77. Family friend Gary Bryson tells the Los Angeles Times that Grant died from liver failure and diabetes at a hospital in Orange, Calif.

Grant ran in 10 Indy 500s in the 1960s and ‘70s.


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