Joey Logano Leads Joe Gibbs Racing to Eighth Straight NNS Win at Auto Club Speedway
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (March 24, 2012) – To say Auto Club Speedway has been good for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR NNS Series would be an understatement, as pole sitter Joey Logano (No. 18 Translux Toyota) won the Royal Purple 300 on Saturday, giving the NFL Hall of Fame football coach’s team its eighth consecutive victory at the Southern California track.
“Joey did a great job today,” Joe Gibbs said after the race. “I think everybody did. It’s great being out here in Southern California. We appreciate our fans out here.”
The win gave Logano his first victory and third Top 10 finish in 2012.
“They gave me a great car today,” Logano said. “The (No. 18 car) was the class of the field all day. To keep a streak like that going is pretty important to us for this company. To win eight races in a row here is quite an achievement.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford) finished second while Brad Keselowski (No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge) posted a third-place finish. Danica Patrick (No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet) finished 35th as she was knocked out of the race on Lap 64 when her engine failed.
“That was a lot of fun,” Stenhouse Jr. said. “The first run we were too tight but then got in too loose for the rest of the race. It was interesting and a lot of fun. A lot of three and four-wide racing. Hopefully, we put on a good show for the fans. This race last year was also very exciting. It’s just an exciting race track for the fans to watch."
NNS points leader Elliott Sadler finished ninth maintaining his early season pace lead by only 18 points over Stenhouse Jr.
Austin Dillon (No. 3 Advocare Chevrolet) was the top rookie to finish and was fifth on the day. “That was some wild racing out there with the restarts at the end,” he said. “It’s crazy how the momentum carries here. You lift off the gas at all in a pack and you’re done so it’s wild racing, but it’s fun. You get frustrated at times but it’s all part of racing. I had trouble picking a lane at the end but once I did it worked out for me.”
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