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Logano Nabs Xfinity Win At Phoenix

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 14 2015

Joey Logano was top wheelman in Phoenix on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

Joey Logano won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway and did it with relative ease.

Logano led 176 of the 200 laps at the one-mile track and held off Matt Kenseth to get the victory – his first this year in the series.

“It felt good,” said Logano, who collected his second win at Phoenix and the 22nd of his career. “It took a long time to get our next win. We’ve been so close to winning — obviously, a lot of poles and things are going well. We just needed a little more speed, and it was awesome to get it today.”

Logano pulled away after a restart on Lap 144 and stayed out front the rest of the way, with Kenseth in close pursuit.

The margin of victory was .293 seconds.

“I was able to take off faster on restarts and get a nice lead and then Matt’s car was looser than mine, so that is why I was able to get a lead,” Logano said. “Once we started running a few laps, I would get tight and he would start catching up to me because his balance was a little more free.

“I kept hoping for lapped traffic, because I was better in traffic, and that’s where I made up time.”

Kenseth thought he had a better car for the longer runs, but traffic and dirty air proved his downfall.

“For whatever reason, after our last pit stop, we just didn’t fire off as fast,” Kenseth said. “I had way less grip than (after) every other pit stop… He (Logano) got away pretty good, and then when it was time to go, I just got tight running him down with all the lapped cars, and I couldn’t quite get there.”

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Axalta Faster Tougher Brighter 200

Phoenix International Raceway

Avondale, Arizona

Saturday, March 14, 2015

1. (1) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 200, $81148.

2. (4) Matt Kenseth(i), Toyota, 200, $60886.

3. (2) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 200, $42789.

4. (5) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200, $34112.

5. (3) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 200, $34114.

6. (11) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, $30477.

7. (7) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 200, $29998.

8. (9) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200, $27895.

9. (8) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, $26736.

10. (12) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 200, $26676.

11. (6) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 200, $25967.

12. (10) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 200, $26460.

13. (17) Ryan Reed, Ford, 200, $23778.

14. (13) Chris Buescher, Ford, 200, $23399.

15. (16) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 199, $23746.

16. (18) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 199, $22944.

17. (15) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 199, $22741.

18. (14) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 199, $22539.

19. (23) Dylan Lupton, Chevrolet, 199, $22362.

20. (20) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 197, $16711.

21. (25) David Starr, Toyota, 197, $22109.

22. (26) Cale Conley #, Toyota, 197, $21978.

23. (29) Harrison Rhodes #, Chevrolet, 197, $21851.

24. (24) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 197, $21751.

25. (19) Blake Koch, Toyota, 197, $21774.

26. (21) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 196, $21523.

27. (27) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, 196, $21396.

28. (28) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 196, $21321.

29. (31) Eric McClure, Toyota, 195, $21269.

30. (40) Charles Lewandoski, Chevrolet, 195, $15519.

31. (30) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 193, $21164.

32. (39) Carl Long, Dodge, 193, $21103.

33. (35) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 192, $15063.

34. (37) Enrique Contreras, Chevrolet, 191, $15027.

35. (38) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Suspension, 165, $20986.

36. (34) Peyton Sellers, Chevrolet, Engine, 118, $19498.

37. (22) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Accident, 91, $18498.

38. (32) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, Brakes, 59, $17498.

39. (33) Derek White, Dodge, Brakes, 7, $10498.

40. (36) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 3, $9498.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 109.141 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 49 Mins, 57 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.293 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 4 for 26 laps.

Lead Changes: 7 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J. Logano(i) 1-50; M. Kenseth(i) 51-61; J. Logano(i) 62-96; A. Dillon(i) 97-100; J. Logano(i) 101-126; B. Poole 127-132; M. Kenseth(i) 133-135; J. Logano(i) 136-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): J. Logano(i) 4 times for 176 laps; M. Kenseth(i) 2 times for 14 laps; B. Poole 1 time for 6 laps; A. Dillon(i) 1 time for 4 laps.

Top 10 in Points: T. Dillon – 157; C. Buescher – 143; R. Reed – 135; C. Elliott – 132; D. Wallace Jr. # – 132; B. Gaughan – 122; R. Smith – 121; E. Sadler – 114; D. Starr – 106; D. Suarez # – 103.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 14 2015
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