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Hamlin Gives Gibbs Racing 9th Win

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Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2013 at 05:38 PM

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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 JGR teammate 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 Zephyrhills' 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 if JGR expands to a four-car team.

The race was delayed three hours by rain, but ended with the sun out and the 1-mile concrete track dry.

IRL: At West Allis, Wis., 27 cars were on hand for practice and qualifying on the Milwaukee Mile. That's nine more than raced here a year ago, before the IRL's IndyCar Series absorbed its former rival, the Champ Car World Series. And it's just one fewer than the record, when Champ Car - then known as CART - brought 28 to the track in 1996.

A crash in practice Saturday forced Marty Roth to withdraw his entry and cut the race field by one.

NHRA: At 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 Summer Nationals.

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