[media-credit name=”Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR” align=”alignright” width=”230″][/media-credit]Polesitter Joey Logano regained the race lead with 12 laps remaining in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Auto Club Speedway and held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for his first NNS win of the season.
“It’s good to be finally back in Victory Lane. This is awesome to win here again. We gave a couple away here lately and today we were able to capitalize on a car capable of winning.” Logano said. “I forgot how much fun it was to do burnouts. It’s a lot of fun.”
This was Logano’s 10th career NNS win and also extended Joe Gibbs Racing’s streak of eight consecutive Nationwide Series victories at the speedway.
“It was a great day. It was a fun day. The race track was really racy. It’s just a bummer that we ended up two spots short, but I’ve got to thank all the guys for working hard on this.” Stenhouse Jr.said.
Brad Keselowski finished third, Brian Scott fourth and Austin Dillon finished fifth.
“On the last restart, it was just good racing. Joey and the guys just closed the deal out. I had a strong run all day, just needed a little more.” Keselowski said.
Series points leader Elliott Sadler finished ninth and now holds a 18 point lead in the standings over Stenhouse Jr.
Danica Patrick’s car picked up debris in the front grill, apparently puncturing her radiator and later causing the engine to seize. The team pushed her car to the garage and she finished 35th.
“It’s not a Chevy issue. It’s not a team issue. It’s just a bad luck issue, and unfortunately, I feel like we’ve been catching a fair amount of it at the beginning of the season.” Patrick said.
|Royal Purple 300, Auto Club Speedway|
|10||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||175.473||41.032|
|11||12||Sam Hornish Jr.||Dodge||175.229||41.089|
|35||23||Robert Richardson Jr.||Chevrolet||166.995||43.115|