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Logano dominates to win Vegas Xfinity Race

Ford 2017 domination continues
Saturday, March 11, 2017

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Joey Logano
Joey Logano
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Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway wasn't a drag race, but lane choice proved critical to Joey Logano's 28th NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford.

Choosing the top side for a restart on Lap 196 of 200, after Ty Dillon's spin on Lap 192 necessitated the ninth and final caution of the afternoon, Logano cleared Kyle Larson off Turn 4 after an intense side-by-side battle and pulled away to win by 0.602 seconds.

"It was hard to figure out what to do, what lane to pick," said Logano, who has won in each of his last three starts in the 12 car. "The one thing we did know is that we had a very fast Ford Mustang.

"(Crew chief) Brian Wilson and all the guys that bring this 12 car out, that's three wins in a row for the 12 car, so that's something I'm proud to be a part of and work with these guys. ... It was a challenging day from the restart standpoint."

If lane choice was essential in the late stages of the race, the decision not to pit at the end of Stage 2, after pitting under the previous caution on Lap 72, was a key element to winning the race. That choice flipped track position and gave Logano the lead for a restart on Lap 99, a position he maintained through four subsequent restarts.

The ability to hold off polesitter Kyle Busch on older tires gave Logano confidence in the capability of his car.

"Man, it's a lot of fun to have these Team Penske cars fast again in the XFINITY Series," said Logano who led 106 laps in winning for the first time this season in his first-ever Las Vegas start in the series. "Man, it feels good.

"But those restarts were crazy, though. You don't know which lane to pick. You don't know who is a good pusher. You try to remember what happened on the last (restart)."

Logano took over eighth place all-time in career NASCAR XFINITY Series victories.

Busch led each of the 45 laps in Stage 1 but faded to seventh at the finish after the handling of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota deteriorated in the second half of the race.

Brad Keselowski, Logano's teammate, won Stage 2, but Keselowski brought the No. 22 Mustang to pit road for an unscheduled stop on Lap 108 because of a loose wheel and recovered to finish 10th.

Daniel Suarez ran third, followed by Justin Allgaier -- the highest finishing series regular -- Austin Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr.

Kyle Busch pushes Logano
Kyle Busch pushes Logano

Larson said a push from Suarez on the final restart might have helped him, but that assistance didn't materialize.

"I needed Daniel to push me and not pull out (of line)," Larson said. "I think if Daniel would have ever gotten to my back bumper to help me, he probably would have taken that opportunity to pull out and pass me.

"It would have been hard to clear Joey, but I definitely needed some help behind me."

Elliott Sadler finished eighth to retain the series lead by four points over Daytona winner Ryan Reed, who came home seventh.

Results

FinStrCarDriverTeamLapsPtsStatus
1412Joey Logano(i)REV Ford2000Running
2742Kyle Larson(i)Credit One Bank Chevrolet2000Running
3320Daniel Suarez(i)Interstate Batteries Toyota2000Running
4137Justin AllgaierBrandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet20047Running
552Austin Dillon(i)Rheem Chevrolet2000Running
6166Darrell Wallace Jr.Leidos Ford20035Running
7118Kyle Busch(i)NOS Energy Drink Rowdy Toyota2000Running
8141Elliott SadlerOneMain Financial Chevrolet20029Running
91016Ryan ReedLilly Diabetes Ford20029Running
10222Brad Keselowski(i)Discount Tire Ford2000Running
112000Cole Custer #Code 3 Associates Ford20026Running
121911Blake KochLeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet20025Running
13821Daniel Hemric #The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chevrolet20030Running
14189William Byron #Liberty University Chevrolet20023Running
151233Brandon JonesTurtle Wax/Menards Chevrolet20022Running
161148Brennan PooleDC Solar Chevrolet20021Running
171598Aric Almirola(i)Shelby American Ford2000Running
182739Ryan SiegSpeedway Children's Charities Chevrolet20019Running
192224Drew HerringJGL Young Guns Toyota20018Running
202128Dakoda ArmstrongWinField United Toyota20017Running
21285Michael AnnettPilot Flying J Chevrolet20016Running
222314J.J. YeleySuperior Essex Toyota20015Running
232423Spencer Gallagher #Allegiant Chevrolet20014Running
2493Ty Dillon(i)Nexium 24 HR Chevrolet1990Running
25264Ross ChastainGK Services Chevrolet19912Running
262551Jeremy ClementsRepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet19811Running
273101Harrison Rhodesteamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet19810Running
283799David StarrStriping Technology Chevrolet1979Running
29340Garrett Smithleyteamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet1978Running
303652Joey GaseNevada Donor Network Chevrolet1967Running
312907Ray Black Jr.Scuba Life Chevrolet1966Running
323590Martin RoyCote/Gamache Truck Center Chevrolet1965Running
333240Timmy HillToyota1954Running
34619Matt Tifft #Surface Sunscreen Toyota19110Accident
351762Brendan GaughanSouth Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet1892Running
36338Jeff GreenChevrolet1771Accident
373978BJ McLeodChevrolet1591Brakes
383813Brandon HightowerChevrolet181Vibration
394097Stephen LeichtVroom Brands Chevrolet41Accident
403093Jordan Anderson(i)Chevrolet10Electrical

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