Joey Logano Dominates To Win XFINITY Series Roseanne 300 At Auto Club Speedwayby Camille Jones March 18, 2018 0 comments
FONTANA, Calif. – Joey Logano claimed the victory in the final race of the West Coast swing for the NASCAR XFINITY Series in Saturday’s Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway.
Logano dominated the entire event, leading 139 laps of the 150-lap race on his way to capturing his third victory at Auto Club Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
“The car was really good,” said Logano, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford for Team Penske. “It was a total team effort, though. I was talking to (Brian) Wilson afterwards and even my crew chief on the other side, Todd Gordon, and I said, ‘Man, if we don’t win this race tomorrow, we really screwed something up.’ It’s one of those races and one of those cars that is so good that you just hope that you don’t screw something up and don’t win the race when you have a car like that. The pit crew did an excellent job. Every time we came down pit road we came out where we were and we were able to have good strategy, good pit stops and a quick car, so everything went as planned and we were able to be here in Victory Lane. It’s nice when you have a car that dominant and you win the race. It stings a lot when you don’t win a race and your car is like that, so it’s more of a relief than anything right now.”
Justin Allgaier earned a second-place finish on Saturday in his JR Motorsports No. 7 Hellmann’s Chevrolet. Allgaier has earned a top-10 finish in four out of the five races in 2018.
“Yeah, you know, we had a really, really fast Hellmann’s Camaro today,” Allgaier said following his runner-up finish. “Disappointed at the start of the run, we just couldn’t get off the corner like we wanted to, and that last run there, I struggled just a little bit off of Turn 2. Really proud of JR Motorsports, though. We had four great race cars today. All four of us were battling at some point during the race. It’s always great to battle with a teammate.”
Allgaier’s JR Motorsports teammate, Elliott Sadler, captured a third-place finish in his No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet. Sadler has earned a top-10 finish in every NASCAR XFINITY Series event so far in 2018.
Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric completed the top-five on Saturday. Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Matt Tifft, Ryan Preece and Ross Chastain all finished in the top-10.
Stages 1 and 2 of the race were 35 laps each, followed by an 80-lap final stage. Logano won all three stages of the event, snagging the race win in the final stage.
There were seven cautions for a total of 32 laps on Saturday. The bulk of the cautions came in the final stage of the event. Throughout the race, there was only one multicar accident, and it occurred on lap 106 when Michael Annett slid up the track and into Christopher Bell as they exited Turn 4.
Coming to the finish of the race, Logano soared to victory, but Kaz Grala’s wild accident on the frontstretch stole the show as he spun across the line in 14th before making hard contact with the outside wall.
Sadler holds onto the NASCAR XFINITY Series points lead by 5 points over teammate Reddick.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads into a two-week break, but the series will be back on track at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 7 at 3 p.m. ET for the My Bariatric Solutions 300. Live coverage will be found on FOX and the Performance Racing Network (PRN).
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