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NASCAR Xfinity: Joey Logano dominates at Auto Club Speedway

FONTANA, CA – MARCH 17: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway on March 17, 2018 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Joey Logano dominated the Roseanne 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, claiming wins in both 35-lap stages that made up the first 70-laps of the race and leading 139 of the 150 laps that made up the event en route to the win.

“The car was really good,” Logano said. ”It was a total team effort, though. I was talking to (Brian) Wilson (crew chief) 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.”

JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler finished second and third, while Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top-five.

“We’ve been really disappointed with some of the finishes on this No. 3 Xfinity Series team since Daytona, so it feels great to earn a finish with a top-five,” Dillon said. “We had a really solid Red Kap / Prudential Overall Supply Chevrolet in practice yesterday, so I was a bit bummed after qualifying. We just didn’t do a good job on our delta. We got to the race and we tightened up. It was really impressive on that last run. We were running up there against the fence and making some moves. I’m proud of this team for this fourth-place finish today.”

Logano took the lead from pole sitter Christopher Bell on lap five and led until giving up the top spot to pit during a debris caution on lap 121. Logano had stayed out while most of the frontrunners pitted during the previous cation on lap 110, and when the race restarted, Logano, on old tires, had to hold off Allgaier on new tires until the lap 121 yellow flag.

Logano restarted 16th on his new tires after pitting, but he was back inside the top-10 in a single green-flag lap and up to second a couple laps later. He retook the lead on lap 128.

“That’s always fun,” Logano said. “Any time you have new tires and no one else does it’s fun. It’s when you have the old tires and every one has the new tires that it’s not fun.”

Ryan Sieg took a quick lead by taking fuel only while all lead-lap cars pitted during the seventh and final caution of the race for debris on lap 139, but on his older tires, he lost the lead to Logano when the race restarted for the final time.

Allgaier and Sadler quickly retook second and third in the running order to battle for runner-up honors as Logano drove away.

Finishing sixth through 10th were Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Matt Tifft, Ryan Preece and Ross Chastain.

Sieg was 20th by the checkered flag. Bell wound up 21st after being involved in two caution-caution incidents, spinning into the infield grass on lap 98 and making contact with Michael Annett on lap 105.

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