Hamlin dominates at Dover

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DOVER, Del. --- Denny Hamlin made it nine victories for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series this season, leading all but 69 laps to win Saturday night at Dover International Speedway.

Rookie phenom Joey Logano finished sixth in his NASCAR national-level debut, running near the front of the 200-mile race with veterans such as Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Hamlin.

The 18-year-old Logano drove the No. 20 Toyota that entered leading the Nationwide Series in owner points and has won six races in 14 starts this season with Kyle Busch, Hamlin and Tony Stewart behind the wheel.

Edwards, who started on the pole, was second. David Stremme was third and David Reutimann fourth.

Logano was eligible to drive once he turned 18 last week, and JGR immediately put him to work. He's scheduled to run about 18 Nationwide races this year and might be positioned to make the move to the Sprint Cup Series as early as next season.

Logano expected better than sixth in his Nationwide debut.

"It ain't much in my book," Logano said.

IRL INDYCAR SERIES: In West Allis, Wis., 16 years after their fathers last sat side-by-side on the front row of an open-wheel race, Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal matched the feat.

It was July 1992 when Bobby Rahal beat out Michael Andretti for the pole at New Hampshire International Speedway.

The family order was reversed Saturday, with 21-year-old Marco Andretti knocking 19-year-old Graham Rahal off the pole in qualifying for the ABC Supply A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Rookie Rahal, driving in only the fourth oval event of his career, was a surprise, taking the top spot midway through the session with a four-lap qualifying average of 167.654 mph. Later, Andretti turned an average of 168.079.

Scott Dixon qualified third. Danica Patrick will start 13th.

Indianapolis 500 runner-up Vitor Meira suffered a mild neck strain in a crash. His status for the race is unknown.

NHRA: In Topeka, Kan., Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Tony Bartone (Funny Car) and Dave Connolly (Pro Stock) had their first-day times stand up at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals and will head into the elimination rounds as the top qualifiers.


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