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Logano Wins Nationwide Series Race In Fontana

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 24 2012

Joey Logano heads to victory in Saturday's Nationwide Series Race at Auto Club Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

Joey Logano took the lead just after a restart with 12 laps to go and went on to win the Royal Purple 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. on Saturday.

The victory was Logano’s second at Auto Club and extended Joe Gibbs Racing’s winning streak at the 2.0-mile oval to eight races.

“It’s important to keep the streak going,” said Logano. “You don’t want to be the guy who didn’t win it and broke the streak. Obviously, it makes me work extra hard, not that we don’t work hard any other weekend, we try to win every one of them, but to keep a streak going like that is important for our whole company.”

Logano led a race-best 92 laps in his Toyota Camry and got his 10th NNS career victory. It was his first victory since the race at Daytona last July.

“Good to finally be back in Victory Lane,” he said.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the defending series champion, finished second in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

“The race track was really racy,” Stenhouse said. “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. All of the fans for coming out, we really

Joey Logano celebrates Joe Gibbs Racing's eight straight win at Fontana. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

appreciate that. I hope we put on a good show and look forward to coming back next year.”

Brad Keselowski was third in a Penske Racing Dodge. His hopes for a better finish were hurt on the final restart.

“That’s just good, hard racing,” Keselowski said. “I gave Joey a good push and helped him get the win a little bit earlier, or get to the lead a little bit earlier. I got in the 60 (Trevor Bayne) just a little bit there. I was there and he came down a little bit. It wasn’t anything terrible. I hope he’s all right with it. The Nationwide cars put on an awesome show here, the way they draft and get around here. This is one of the best races of the year for the Nationwide Series and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Brian Scott, Logano’s teammate, was fourth while Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Brad Sweet, Kenny Wallace, Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan.

Sadler maintained his points lead with the finish.

Danica Patrick was a DNF.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 24 2012
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