Fighting off challenges from a succession of rivals, Logano gave JGR its eighth consecutive Nationwide Series victory at Auto Club Speedway in winning the Royal Purple 300 by 1.066 seconds over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The victory was Logano’s first of the season, second at Fontana and the 10th of his career. Logano is the first Sprint Cup Series regular to win a Nationwide race this season.
“It’s important to keep the streak going,” said Logano, who survived a wild restart with 12 laps left and pulled away for the win. “You don’t want to be the guy who didn’t win it and broke the streak. Obviously, it makes me work extra hard — not that we don’t work hard any other weekend; we try to win every one of them — but to keep a streak going like that is important for our whole company.”
Brad Keselowski ran third, followed by Brian Scott and rookie Austin Dillon. Brad Sweet, Kenny Wallace, Kyle Busch, series leader Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan completed the top 10.
After debris punctured the radiator of her No. 7 Chevrolet, Danica Patrick retired with an engine failure and finished 35th.
By the time Sam Hornish’s wild spin in Turn 4 (watch) brought out the second caution of the race on Lap 91, Logano had led 54 laps, but the yellow flag bunched the field and made for dramatic racing at the front.