|Logano finished where he started Saturday|
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.