Saturday, March 24, 2012

Eight Is Great: Logano Extends JGR's Fontana Win Streak

Logano finished where he started Saturday
Joey Logano extended Joe Gibbs Racing’s dominance of NASCAR Nationwide Series racing at California’s Auto Club Speedway Saturday, driving away from a wild final restart to claim JGR’s eighth consecutive win at the Fontana, Cal., oval in the “Royal Purple 300.”

Defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Brian Scott and rookie Austin Dillon. Logano started on the pole and was a frontrunner throughout the afternoon. He got a push from Stenhouse on the final restart with 12 laps remaining that propelled him into the lead, as a snarling pack of cars raced five and six-wide behind him in the closing laps. Logano quickly pulled away to a lead of more than a second down the stretch, leaving Stenhouse to prevail in a back-and-forth battle with Keselowski for second. The win was Logano’s tenth in 92 career Nationwide Series starts, and his first since Daytona in July od last year.

Point leader Elliott Sadler finished ninth after debris on the grille of his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet caused its engine temperature to climb in the late going. He now tops the NNS points by 18 heading into a two-week layoff for the series.

Unfortunately, tomorrow’s Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race includes a weather forecast filled with showers in the morning hours, deteriorating into a steady rain by early afternoon. The chance of rain at race time is pegged at 80%, with a projected high temperature of 61 degrees and winds of 10-20 mph, with possible gusts up to 40 mph.

Denny Hamlin will start from the pole after turning a fast lap at 186.403 mph for his first pole of the 2012 season. Kyle Busch starts second, followed by Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle. Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson complete the Top-10.
Failing to qualify were Robby Gordon, Joe Nemechek and Timmy Hill.


  1. If the race is rained out it would just be held on Monday right? I hope it doesn't get rained out. This isn't a big ratings race to begin with and I would have to think that postponing a day would only make it worse.

    1. NASCAR's policy is always to race on the next clear day.

  2. I don't like rain delays either, but not much you can do with mother nature. although, I'm starting to believe, if you need rain, have nascar come to your city... lol

    Lori (colorado)

  3. Hats off to JGR for their continued dominance. But in in the words of the Great Larry Mac - I'd like to give a call to Dale Jarret. With 5 laps to go, he gave an impassioned plea on behalf of our man Herm. He was so sincere in pointing out the return Kenny and RAB would give a perspective sponsor. It was as real as it gets in today's media, and it just made me hope that someone with the resources got that message.

    I'm looking forward to next weeks conversation on SiriusXM Speedway, with youngest of the Wallace Brothers for some fantastic 11th hour news.