Originally written on Captain Thunder Racing  |  Last updated 3/26/12

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 02: Joey Logano, driver of the Sport Clips Toyota, stands on pit road prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 on October 2, 2010 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

photo credit:  getty images
FONTANA, Calif.—- Joey Logano kept the Joe Gibbs Racing streak alive.
Fighting off challenges from a succession of rivals, Logano, the Coors Light Pole Award winner, gave JGR its eighth consecutive Nationwide Series victory at Auto Club Speedway in winning the Royal Purple 300 by 1.066 seconds over runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The victory was Logano's first of the season, second at Fontana and the 10th of his career. Logano is the first Sprint Cup Series regular to win a Nationwide race this season.
"It's important to keep the streak going," said Logano, who survived a wild restart with 12 laps left and pulled away for the win. "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."
Brad Keselowski ran third, followed by Brian Scott and rookie Austin Dillon. Brad Sweet, Kenny Wallace, Kyle Busch, series leader Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan completed the top 10.
After debris punctured the radiator of her No. 7 Chevrolet, Danica Patrick retired with an engine failure and finished 35th.
By the time Sam Hornish's wild spin in Turn 4 brought out the second caution of the race on Lap 91, Logano had led 54 laps, but the yellow flag bunched the field and made for dramatic racing at the front.
Logano, Stenhouse, Busch, Gaughan and Allgaier all made runs at the top spot before a caution for debris in Turn 4 on Lap 104 slowed the field and brought a round of pit stops for the lead-lap cars.
Busch, who restarted sixth on Lap 109, was the only driver exiting pit road in the top 10 who took tires on the pit stop. Busch's crew chief, Mike Beam, opted for right-side rubber, while the cars that restarted ahead of him took fuel only.
Within three laps, Busch was in the lead, passing Logano for the top spot on Lap 112, with Keselowski in pursuit. The 2009 Nationwide champion kept the 2010 Nationwide champion at bay until Lap 125, when Keselowski moved around him for the lead.
Logano soon rejoined the battle and took over the top spot on Lap 129, a position he held until Blake Koch's Lap 133 spin in Turn 4 necessitated the fourth caution and set up a final round of pit stops, with Trevor Bayne leaving pit road with the lead, thanks to a two-tire call.
A slow pit stop cost Busch 14 positions, but he rallied to post the first top-10 finish of the season for his new Nationwide team. Bayne gave way to drivers with fresher rubber and came home 14th.
"For me, this is one of the best Nationwide races of the year," Keselowski said. "You see a lot of really good action here, the way the track has worn in over time. And the way the cars are with really low power, they can seemingly draft very well and do some really cool maneuvers.
"Like I said, I think this is one of the best Nationwide races of the year -- every year, not just this year == at least from my view."
 
Average Speed of Race Winner:  142.33 mph.
Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 06 Mins, 28 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.066 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  4 for 18 laps.
Lead Changes:  15 among 7 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   J. Logano(i) 1-26; B. Keselowski(i) 27-59; J. Logano(i) 60-62; E. Sadler 63-64; J. Logano(i) 65-68; J. Allgaier 69; J. Logano(i) 70-77; J. Allgaier 78; J. Logano(i) 79-101; R. Stenhouse Jr. 102; J. Logano(i) 103-111; K. Busch(i) 112-124; B. Keselowski(i) 125-128; J. Logano(i) 129-135; T. Bayne 136-138; J. Logano(i) 139-150.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Logano(i) 8 times for 92 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 2 times for 37 laps; K. Busch(i) 1 time for 13 laps; T. Bayne 1 time for 3 laps; J. Allgaier 2 times for 2 laps; E. Sadler 1 time for 2 laps; R. Stenhouse Jr. 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 10 in Points: E. Sadler - 214; R. Stenhouse Jr. - 196; A. Dillon # - 187; T. Bayne - 180; S. Hornish Jr. - 160; C. Whitt # - 151; M. Annett - 148; T. Malsam - 144; J. Allgaier - 126; M. Bliss - 119.
By Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Vin Scully will return to the Dodgers in 2016

Rob Gronkowski’s younger brother, Glenn, trying to make NFL as fullback

Michael Bennett fined over $17K for nasty hit on Alex Smith

Cam Cameron battling prostate cancer

RG3 to be held out 1-2 weeks after doctor changes mind

LA Kings offer Peter Budaj a professional tryout

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Carlos Boozer hoping roster spot opens on playoff team

Starting EJ Manuel not a bad idea for Bills’ third preseason game

Tim Beckman fired by Illinois amid mistreatment allegations

Chip Kelly reveals thought process behind Bradford trade

Charles Barkley on ex-agent: ‘I’d blow his damn brains out’

Bryce Harper doesn’t seem to care if Nationals make playoffs

Ronda Rousey makes breakfast look good in Carl’s Jr. ad

NFL admits communication breakdown in Pats-Saints game

WATCH: TJ Yeldon gets crushed in brutal goal-line collision

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

PHOTO: Enes Kanter dwarfed by world’s tallest man

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

Jonathan Kraft: Patriots haven’t apologized to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen

Ballmer declines $60M/yr TV deal, could start streaming

Nationals forced to re-issue massive bobblehead order

Jay Gruden would like the media to stop calling him fat

Spieth: New irons the reason for missed cut at Barclays?

Opening Drive: Where have all the great UM tailbacks gone?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Red Sox

10 NFL players set for down seasons in 2015

Why NFL preseason games matter

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker