Logano wins the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway

[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.


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“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.

Starting Lineup
Royal Purple 300, Auto Club Speedway
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 18 Joey Logano Toyota 178.984 40.227
2 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 177.196 40.633
3 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 177.109 40.653
4 3 Austin Dillon* Chevrolet 176.926 40.695
5 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 176.904 40.7
6 9 Kenny Wallace Toyota 176.255 40.85
7 11 Brian Scott Toyota 176.108 40.884
8 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 176.091 40.888
9 60 Trevor Bayne Ford 175.919 40.928
10 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 175.473 41.032
11 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 175.229 41.089
12 88 Cole Whitt* Chevrolet 174.575 41.243
13 81 Jason Bowles* Toyota 174.533 41.253
14 38 Brad Sweet Chevrolet 174.419 41.28
15 54 Kyle Busch Toyota 174.389 41.287
16 43 Michael Annett Ford 173.934 41.395
17 30 James Buescher Chevrolet 173.728 41.444
18 44 Mike Bliss Toyota 173.444 41.512
19 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 173.348 41.535
20 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 173.243 41.56
21 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 172.981 41.623
22 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota 172.331 41.78
23 47 Scott Speed Chevrolet 172.171 41.819
24 41 Blake Koch Chevrolet 171.973 41.867
25 14 Eric McClure Toyota 171.371 42.014
26 10 Jeff Green Toyota 171.306 42.03
27 50 T.J. Bell Ford 171.274 42.038
28 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 170.94 42.12
29 108 Tim Andrews Ford 170.887 42.133
30 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet 170.394 42.255
31 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 170.112 42.325
32 39 Joey Gase* Ford 169.157 42.564
33 124 Benny Gordon* Chevrolet 168.867 42.637
34 52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet 167.011 43.111
35 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 166.995 43.115
36 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 166.767 43.174
37 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 166.694 43.193
38 28 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 165.983 43.378
39 4 Daryl Harr Chevrolet 165.453 43.517
40 70 David Green Dodge 163.51 44.034
41 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 163.35 44.077
42 172 John Jackson Toyota 163.188 44.121
43 15 Scott Riggs Chevrolet

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