Saturday, March 17, 2018

Joey Logano dominates Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway

Joey Logano put on a clinic in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway, taking the No. 22 Team Penske Ford to victory in Fontana, California.
Logano led a race-high 139 circuits in the 150-lap event en route to his first Xfinity victory of the 2018 season and the 29th of his career in the series.
“Total team effort there,” Logano told FS1 in Victory Lane. “Great pit stops, great car. It was one of those races where you feel relieved when you win.”
It’s also the second straight week the No. 22 has gone to Victory Lane after Brad Keselowski won last week’s Xfinity Series event at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
JR Motorsports drivers Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler finished second and third, respectively, followed by Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric to complete the top five, unofficially.
Following a caution on Lap 109 for fluid on the track from Dylan Lupton’s No. 28 Ford, Logano stayed out with four laps on his Goodyear tires, while the rest of the field behind him elected to pit.
When the race restarted, Logano was able to hold off a charge from Allgaier on older tires, but a caution for debris on Lap 120 gave way to Logano pitting for fresh rubber. The stop dropped him from the lead to 16th on the impending restart. But it only took Logano four laps to get back to the front, retaking the lead on Lap 128.
The field would come down pit road during the final caution period on Lap 138, but Logano was able to retain the lead and never look back.
After starting on the pole, it was an eventful day for Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell, first getting loose off of Turn 4 and going for a spin through the infield grass with 53 laps remaining. Seven laps later, JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett collided with Bell at the exit of Turn 4, forcing Bell’s No. 20 Toyota up against the outside wall.
It was also a tough day for John Hunter Nemechek in his second race driving part time for Chip Ganassi Racing after blowing a right-front tire, destroying the front end of the No. 42 Chevrolet.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have two weeks off before returning to action at Texas Motor Speedway for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on April 7 (3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN , SiriusXM).

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