Joey Logano wins Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway
Joey Logano led all but 11 laps on his way to winning Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway.
The Team Penske driver led the final eight laps to secure the victory in the Roseanne 300, the team’s first at the 2-mile track in the series.
Logano beat Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric.
“Total team effort there,” Logano told Fox Sports 1. “Great pit stops, great car, oh my gosh. It’s one of those races that you feel relieved when you win. ... Man, you’re supposed to win when you have a car that fast.”
Logano led 139 of 150 laps. He took the lead for the first time on Lap 5. He didn’t relinquish it until he was the only leader to pit on Lap 122 during a debris caution.
He restarted 16th and was back in the lead within four laps.
Logano was the only one to pit because on the previous caution he was the only leader who stayed out. He managed to retain the lead.
“I did not opt to do that, (crew chief) Brian (Wilson) opted to do that,” Logano said. “It ended up working out. I thought we were going to lose more track position than we did. ... Just shows how fast our car was.”
It’s the second consecutive win for Team Penske after Brad Keselowski won last week at ISM Raceway.
The win, Logano’s 29th, is his first in the Xfinity Series since the March 2017 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Joey Logano
STAGE 2 WINNER: Joey Logano
WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Austin Dillon finished fourth after starting 19th ... Daniel Hemric finished fifth for his best finish of the season ... Ross Chastain finished 10th for his ninth top 10 and just his third on a non-restrictor plate track.
WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Matt Mills brought out the first caution on Lap 33 after getting into the Turn 2 wall … John Hunter Nemechek lost his right front tire on Lap 70. It caused significant damage to his No. 42 Chevrolet. He finished 29th … Pole-sitter Christopher Bell spun on Lap 97 into the frontstretch grass … On Lap 104, Bell was involved in a crash with Michael Annett on the frontstretch when Annett came up the track and forced him into the wall. Bell finished 21st ... After starting in the top 12, Kaz Grala wrecked coming to the checkered flag while racing with Ryan Truex and Brandon Jones. He finished 14th.
NOTABLE: Team Penske is now winless at three active tracks in the Xfinity Series ... Joey Logano joins Jack Ingram as the second driver to finish in the top seven in his first 10 starts at a track (Ingram did it at three different tracks).
POST-RACE INSPECTION: Ryan Preece’s No. 18 Toyota had one unsecured lug nut.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When you have a car that’s that strong and a driver that’s this good, sometimes he has to dig you out of some holes.” - Brian Wilson, crew chief for Joey Logano.
WHAT’S NEXT: My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway at 3 p.m. ET on April 7 on Fox