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Joey Logano wins NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Fontana

March 24, 2012|By Jim Peltz
  • Joey Logano burns out in his No. 18 Toyota while celebrating his victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday.
Joey Logano burns out in his No. 18 Toyota while celebrating his victory… (Jonathan Ferrey / Getty…)

Joey Logano won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, giving team owner Joe Gibbs a remarkable eight consecutive Nationwide wins at the two-mile track.

"Just really exited for all of our guys," said Gibbs, the Hall of Fame NFL coach who led Logano's crew in prayer on pit road moments after Logano crossed the finish line.

"That was awesome," Logano said, adding that his No. 18 Toyota "was the class of the field all day."

Reigning Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.finished second, Brad Keselowski was third and Brian Scott finished fourth.

Kyle Busch, who had won five of the last six Nationwide races at Fontana while driving for Gibbs, was in contention again in a car owned by his own team.

But Busch's No. 54 Toyota lost several positions with a poor pit stop during the last caution period with less than 15 laps remaining in the 150-lap race. He finished eighth.

Danica Patrick was knocked out on Lap 64 when the engine failed in her No. 7 Chevrolet. She was running 23rd at the time, one lap down to the leaders, and finished 35th.

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