Found November 11, 2012 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Joey Logano smoked the field, while Elliott Sadler’s title dreams went up in smoke. Logano, the polesitter, dominated Saturday’s Great Clips 200 Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, beating new Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brian Vickers to the finish line to win for the ninth time in 21 starts this season, the first time at PIR and the 18th time in his career. Sadler’s wreck forced the race to a green-white-checkered-flag finish and extended the length of the race from the scheduled 200 laps to 204. Defending NNS champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ran third and opened his lead in the series standings to 20 points over Sadler, whose late crash led to a 22nd-place finish. For the second straight year at Phoenix, Elliott Sadler’s championship hopes took a severe blow. Coming to the white flag in 12th position, Sadler tangled with the Chevrolet of Cole Whitt, backed into the outside wall and turned sideways into the path of Richard Childress Racing teammate Brendan Gaughan. The blow from Gaughan’s Chevy tore the nose off Sadler’s car. NASCAR red-flagged the race, and Sadler sat in his crippled car, after driving away from the accident scene. Sadler lost a lap in the pits while his car was repaired and rolled across the finish line at half speed. “I did it to myself,” said Sadler, who started from the rear after slapping the wall during time trials and going to a backup car. “I put my team in a hole, qualifying like I did. We tried to work on this car as much as we could, and I just got a little loose there, getting under the 88 (Whitt). “I just wanted to say, ‘My fault.’ I should have done a better job for these guys. I just apologized to them for putting them in this position heading to Homestead (site of next Saturday’s season finale). We’re going to go there and fight, but I definitely dug ourselves a hole.” The caution for Sadler’s wreck interrupted a fierce battle between Logano and Vickers, both of whom thought they would have won had the race continued to green to the checkered flag. Logano pulled ahead after the drivers swapped the lead following a restart on Lap 196. “He got underneath me, and then I crossed him over off of (Turn) 4,” said Logano, who led 168 laps. “And then I was able to clear in the middle of 3 and 4, and it was like, ‘OK, I’ve got him now.’ I think my car was good enough to take off… “I got pretty nervous when he passed me (after the restart). It was like, ‘Uh, oh. This is not good. I’m about to give this thing away.’ Brian did an awesome job. It was a heck of a race.” Sadler started from the rear in a backup car after slapping the wall during qualifying. From the drop of the green flag, he worked his way toward the front, climbing to the 18th position before John Blankenship’s spin on Lap 32 brought out the second caution. After a two-tire call on Lap 71, under the third yellow for Blankenship’s second spin, Sadler restarted eighth. When Paulie Harraka looped his car in Turn 4 on Lap 89, NASCAR called the fifth caution. Sadler stayed out and restarted fourth — and quickly gave back almost everything he had gained to that point. Sadler went wide into the marbles on the restart on Lap 95 and nearly lost control of the No. 2 Chevrolet. By the time he had regained his momentum, Sadler was 15th and running behind Stenhouse, who had pitted for fuel and tires. Running 11th on Lap 148 when Mike Wallace tapped Timmy Hill’s Chevrolet and sent it spinning, Sadler chose to pit for four tires under caution on Lap 149, leaving him 14 spots behind Stenhouse in fourth for a restart on Lap 154. Sadler, however, gained five positions to 13th before contact from Kyle Busch’s Toyota turned Sam Hornish Jr. on Lap 155. By then, Stenhouse was running second to Logano. Stenhouse can lock up his second straight title with a finish of 16th or better at Homestead, 17th if he leads a lap and 18th if he leads the most laps. “We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing,” Stenhouse said. “We’ve given up 20 points in one race, so it’s not even close to over… It’s going to be tough, because obviously I’m going to have to not push the limits as much as I like. I like going for race wins, too, so it’s going to be a fine balance there.” Logano extended the lead of the No. 18 JGR car to 33 points in the owners’ standings over the No. 6 Ford driven by Stenhouse. JGR will win the owners’ title if the 18 finishes 28th or better at Homestead, 29th if it leads a lap or 30th if it leads the most laps. By Reid Spencer | NASCAR Wire Services Fin St # Driver Sponsor Car Laps Money Status Led Points 1 1 18 Joey Logano Game Stop Toyota 204 $55,050 Running 168 0 2 5 20 Brian Vickers TBA Toyota 204 $34,300 Running 1 0 3 8 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Valvoline NextGen Ford 204 $40,318 Running 3 42 4 2 54 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Toyota 204 $27,265 Running 0 0 5 7 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 204 $23,740 Running 0 0 6 3 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 204 $31,358 Running 0 38 7 17 43 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers / Flying J Ford 204 $25,908 Running 0 37 8 10 11 Brian Scott Dollar General Toyota 204 $24,833 Running 0 36 9 6 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 204 $18,000 Running 32 0 10 14 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 204 $25,233 Running 0 34 11 12 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 204 $23,908 Running 0 33 12 9 30 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 204 $23,758 Running 0 0 13 15 19 Mike Bliss Bandit Chippers / Embassy Suites Toyota 204 $23,608 Running 0 31 14 4 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts Dodge 204 $24,248 Running 0 30 15 22 99 Alex Bowman Tucson/Levine Financial Toyota 204 $24,538 Running 0 29 16 20 87 Joe Nemechek AM-FMEnergyWood&PelletStoves Toyota 204 $23,253 Running 0 28 17 27 81 Jason Bowles TBA Toyota 204 $25,643 Running 0 27 18 36 23 Jamie Dick VIVA Auto Group Chevrolet 204 $22,883 Running 0 26 19 34 1 Mike Wallace TBA Chevrolet 204 $22,773 Running 0 25 20 18 14 Eric McClure Hefty/Reynolds Wrap/Embassy   Suites Toyota 204 $23,338 Running 0 24 21 23 8 Paulie Harraka MC 10 Ford 203 $16,085 Running 0 0 22 16 2 Elliott Sadler One Main Financial Chevrolet 203 $22,443 Running 0 22 23 19 10 Jeff Green G-Oil / Embassy Suites Toyota 201 $15,840 Running 0 21 24 33 73 Derrike Cope Maxelence MVP/ Dobson Inn Chevrolet 200 $15,725 Running 0 20 25 39 44 John Blankenship Coal Save the Country Chevrolet 200 $22,608 Running 0 19 26 11 33 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 199 $22,098 Accident 0 0 27 42 70 Timmy Hill TBA Chevrolet 199 $22,063 Running 0 17 28 38 4 Daryl Harr TBA Chevrolet 199 $21,993 Running 0 16 29 13 88 Cole Whitt Takagi Chevrolet 198 $21,918 Accident 0 15 30 37 39 Dexter Stacey Maddies Place Ford 197 $22,183 Running 0 14 31 41 24 Derek White OCR GAZ BAR Toyota 188 $21,848 Running 0 13 32 40 41 Noel Dowler Rick Ware Racing Ford 182 $21,813 Accident 0 12 33 21 51 Jeremy Clements Phoenix Metals Group Chevrolet 86 $21,778 Oil Pump 0 11 34 26 86 Kevin Lepage Qello Corp Ford 39 $15,275 Axle 0 10 35 32 89 Morgan Shepherd Hyland’s Leg Cramps Chevrolet 20 $15,240 Engine 0 9 36 43 74 Mike Harmon KOMA Unwind Chevrolet 18 $15,205 Overheating 0 8 37 25 40 Erik Darnell TBA Chevrolet 18 $15,160 Ignition 0 7 38 28 47 J.J. Yeley Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 17 $15,125 Rear Gear 0 0 39 24 0 Blake Koch TBA Toyota 17 $14,865 Brakes 0 5 40 29 42 Josh Wise TBA Chevrolet 15 $14,830 Electrical 0 0 41 35 15 Carl Long Rick Ware Racing Ford 12 $14,795 Brakes 0 3 42 30 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 8 $14,745 Brakes 0 2 43 31 91 Tony Raines TriStar Motorsports/Embassy   Suites Toyota 5 $14,677 Vibration 0 0

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