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Menard wins NASCAR Nationwide Series race after flat tire derails leader Logano

  • Driver Paul Menard acknowledges the crowd as he celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide series  auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Driver Paul Menard acknowledges the crowd as he celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Driver Paul Menard burns rubber after winning the NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Driver Paul Menard burns rubber after winning the NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Driver Paul Menard crosses the start/finish line to win the NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Driver Paul Menard crosses the start/finish line to win the NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

Paul Menard won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday when leader Joey Logano was victimized by a flat tire with about five laps remaining.

Menard ended up holding off Sam Hornish Jr. by a half-second for his first series victory since 2006. It was his first Nationwide start of the season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, followed by pole-winner Kyle Busch and Brian Scott. Regan Smith finished seventh and remained atop the points list.

Menard, one of several Sprint Cup drivers in contention in the event, won the 250-mile, 125-lap race in his No. 33 Chevrolet. Busch won his third Nationwide pole of the year but was unable to repeat his victory two weeks ago at Dover.