Logano tops in Nationwide qualifying again
Fontana, CA (Sports Network) - Joey Logano will start on the pole for the second straight Nationwide Series race after winning Saturday's qualifying for the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway.
Logano posted a lap at 178.984 mph for his 18th career Nationwide pole, including three at this two-mile Southern California racetrack. He started on the pole and finished fourth in last weekend's race at Bristol.
Logano, a Sprint Cup Series regular, is the only driver other than Kyle Busch to win in the last six Nationwide races at California. Logano started on the pole and won the October 2008 race here.
Justin Allgaier turned a lap at 177.196 mph to earn the outside pole.
Brad Keselowski qualified third, followed by Richard Childress Racing drivers Austin Dillon, a rookie in the series this year, and Elliott Sadler, who has won two of the first races and is the current points leader.
Kenny Wallace, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan qualified sixth through eighth, respectively. Roush Fenway Racing teammates Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the defending series champion, completed the top-10.
Kyle Busch, who has won five of the last six Nationwide races at California, will start 15th in his No. 54 Toyota. His previous victories here came while he was driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Danica Patrick will start 21st.
All 43 drivers who attempted qualifying made the starting field for the 300- mile race, which is scheduled to begin just after 5:30 p.m. (ET).
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