Sprint Cup Three-Peat: The Alliance Truck Parts 250 Review

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 16: Joey Logano, driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, talks to crew members during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 16, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Logano wore his Nationwide fire suit. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

As the official Nationwide Writer for Nascar Ranting and Raving, I often find myself playing hype man for the Series. Most of the time the Nationwide Series has lived up to the hype, showcasing rising young talent, exciting action, and new faces every week. Things got a little muddy this week again as Joey Logano won his second straight win, and his fifth of the year. It's muddy because Joey Logano is a young rising talent, but, he is a full time Sprint Cup Star and cannot win the Championship in the Nationwide Series. Logano is just 22 years old but already has 126 career Sprint Cup Starts and just 99 Nationwide Starts. By comparision, last year's Nationwide Champion is 25 years old with 86 career Nationwide Starts and only two Cup starts.

The guy who finished second this week is James Buescher, who is also 22, but is not even a full time Nationwide Driver yet. Logano has had more opportunities then most others at 22, and this leads to some resentment. Joey has great success in the Nationwide Series, but has squandered his opportunity only scoring two wins in his Sprint Cup Career. There are some, me included, that think that Logano would actually run better if he only focused on one Series - with the nod going to the Nationwide Series.

This is the second stretch of three straight Sprint Cup winners this year. 2010, the final year that drivers were allowed to win any championship, we saw a stretch of twenty straight races with a Sprint Cup winner. Last year, the first 11 races were won by Sprint Cup stars, with stretches of nine and five straight. So far, this year has started better, but more needs to be done.

Next week the Nationwide Series will head to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Hopefully the 'Nationwide Only' drivers can break the streak.

Results and more after the Jump!

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status
1 3 18 Joey Logano Dollar General (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 125 running
2 4 30 James Buescher Amway / Gaddes Foundation (Steve Turner) Chevrolet 125 running
3 15 54 Kurt Busch Monster Energy (Kyle Busch) Toyota 125 running
4 2 88 Cole Whitt Clean Coal - America's Power (JR Motorsports) Chevrolet 125 running
5 1 3 Austin Dillon Advocare (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 125 running
6 11 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Alliance Truck Parts (Roger Penske) Dodge 125 running
7 13 20 Michael McDowell Pizza Ranch (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 125 running
8 7 33 Paul Menard Menards / Rheem (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 125 running
9 17 11 Brian Scott Dollar General (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 125 running
10 9 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire (Roger Penske) Dodge 125 running
11 6 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 125 running
12 18 43 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers / Flying J Coffee (Richard Petty Motorsports) Ford 125 running
13 16 44 Mike Bliss Bandit Chippers (Mark Smith) Toyota 125 running
14 8 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt (Steve Turner) Chevrolet 125 running
15 23 87 Joe Nemechek AMFM Energy / Pellet & Wood Stoves (Joe Nemechek) Toyota 125 running
16 14 70 Johanna Long Foretravel Motorcoach (Mary Louise Miller) Chevrolet 125 running
17 22 14 Jeff Green Hefty / Reynolds Wrap (Mark Smith) Toyota 125 running
18 5 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com / KickstartAmerica.us (JR Motorsports) Chevrolet 125 running
19 19 81 Jason Bowles American Majority / PledgeToVote.com (Pat MacDonald) Toyota 124 running
20 30 1 Mike Wallace Tradebank / Carl Ent (Johnny Davis) Chevrolet 124 running
21 28 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil / Ryobi (Mark Smith) Toyota 124 running
22 27 40 Erik Darnell TheMotorsportsGroup.com (Curtis Key) Chevrolet 124 running
23 36 8 Tony Raines Black Cat Fireworks (Randy Hill) Ford 124 running
24 12 38 Brad Sweet Great Clips (Steve Turner) Chevrolet 123 running
25 20 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing 25th Anniversary (Jack Roush) Ford 123 running
26 32 41 Timmy Hill Poynt.com (Rick Ware) Ford 123 running
27 33 4 Danny Efland TradeBank (Johnny Davis) Chevrolet 122 running
28 37 24 Angela Cope Dillon Manuf. / United Mobile Auctions (Jason Sciavicco) Chevrolet 119 running
29 21 23 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group (Robert Richardson, Sr.) Chevrolet 116 crash
30 24 39 Josh Richards NSW Kids (Archie St. Hilaire) Ford 116 crash
31 31 51 Jeremy Clements Diamond Pistons (Jeremy Clements) Chevrolet 76 engine
32 35 50 T.J. Bell Hantz Bank / Gulf Coast Loss Prevention (Mark Beaver) Chevrolet 56 engine
33 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Racing With Jesus / MorganSheperd.com (Morgan Shepherd) Chevrolet 42 handling
34 10 99 Kenny Wallace Family Farmers (Robby Benton) Toyota 32 engine
35 42 52 Tim Schendel Victory Precision Valves (Jimmy Means) Chevrolet 15 overheating
36 34 15 Blake Koch Rick Ware Racing (Rick Ware) Chevrolet 12 vibration
37 38 75 Scott Riggs Rick Ware Racing (Rick Ware) Chevrolet 11 engine
38 29 46 Chase Miller The Motorsports Group (Curtis Key) Chevrolet 9 overheating
39 26 42 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group (Curtis Key) Chevrolet 8 engine
40 41 71 Michael Guerity Rick Ware Racing (Rick Ware) Chevrolet 6 vibration
41 40 47 Matt DiBenedetto The Motorsports Group (Curtis Key) Chevrolet 5 vibration
42 25 10 Kevin Lepage TriStar Motorsports (Mark Smith) Toyota 4 vibration
43 43 74 Mike Harmon Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink (Mike Harmon) Chevrolet 1 vibration

Some thing may be very wrong in the #6 pits. Another bad week has put Ricky Stenhouse way back in points, and drops him to third. Out of the ashes, a new contender arrives as Austin Dillon moves to just eight points back of point leaderElliott Sadler. Here's how things shake up:

Rank Number Driver Points Diff
1 2 Elliott Sadler 488
2 3 Austin Dillon 480 -8
3 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 461 -27
4 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. 443 -45
5 31 Justin Allgaier 407 -81
6 88 Cole Whitt 407 -81
7 43 Michael Annett 396 -92
8 44 Mike Bliss 333 -155
9 87 Joe Nemechek 316 -172
10 19 Tayler Malsam 305 -183
11 7 Danica Patrick 305 -183
12 11 Brian Scott 301 -187
13 01 Mike Wallace 282 -206
14 51 Jeremy Clements 259 -229
15 81 Jason Bowles 259 -229
16 40 Erik Darnell 227 -261
17 50 T.J. Bell 197 -291
18 70 Johanna Long 190 -298
19 16 Trevor Bayne 180 -308
20 15 Timmy Hill 154 -334

Join us later in the week for a preview of Road Course Racing from Road America!


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