Logano presents Gibbs with another triumph

FONTANA, Calif. — Joey Logano kept Joe Gibbs firmly entrenched in Victory Lane at Auto Club Speedway.

Logano won the Nationwide Series race Saturday, holding off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brad Keselowski in an entertaining finish to Joe Gibbs Racing's eighth consecutive Nationwide win at the track.

The youngest winner in Nationwide history three years ago now has 10 victories at the ripe old age of 21. Logano is the first Sprint Cup Series driver to win a Nationwide race this season, claiming his second career win at Fontana.

After starting from the pole, Logano reclaimed the lead after a restart with 12 laps to go before staying in front of a tight pack that left all of the leaders talking about the thrill of racing.

"They had plenty of shots at me," Logano said. "The restarts were hairy. I was good for a few laps, then I would fall off, and then my car would come back. And then it was awesome. ... It's good to finally be back in victory lane, man. It means a lot to win these things."

Logano was determined to get the win for Gibbs, who has run only winners here since Feb. 2008. Toyota's headquarters also are nearby in Long Beach and Costa Mesa.

"It's important to keep a streak going," Logano said. "You don't want to be the guy that didn't win it and broke the streak. To keep a streak going like that, that's important for our whole company."

Gibbs is particularly proud of the streak at a track with personal significance. Although he's best known for his accomplishments in NASCAR and with the Washington Redskins, the coach has spent much of his life in Southern California, graduating from high school in nearby Santa Fe Springs, attending San Diego State and working as an assistant to Don Coryell with the Chargers.

"It means a lot," Gibbs said. "I don't know how that (streak) happened. These things are so hard to win. We spent years and years just trying to win a race. It's a credit to all the guys. We got a hardworking bunch of guys that we put together, and we also do a lot of it in our (Sprint) Cup operation. It's really a credit to the Nationwide shop. I really appreciate those guys."

Stenhouse finished second, and Keselowski was third. Brian Scott was followed by rookie Austin Dillon, Brad Sweet, Kenny Wallace and Kyle Busch.

Honda Grand Prix

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Will Power led a strong Penske Racing effort in qualifying for the IndyCar season opener by winning the pole.

Power set an IndyCar track record of 1:01.3721 over the winding 1.8-mile course through the streets of St. Petersburg. His Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe qualified second at 1:01.5357.

Andretti Autosport qualified third and fourth behind Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe, while Penske's Helio Castroneves was fifth as Chevrolet's took the top five spots.

Malaysian Formula One

At Sepang, Malaysia, Lewis Hamilton was on fire again when he claimed the pole position ahead of the McLaren teammate Jenson Button.

The McLarens led the way in the same order as a week ago at the season-opener in Australia while record champion Michael Schumacher impressed with his first top-three placing on the grid since returning to racing in 2010.

Red Bull trailed again, with Mark Webber fourth and world champion Sebastian Vettel sixth as in Melbourne. But Vettel will start the race from fifth place as Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus loses five places from his fifth-placed result because of a gearbox change.

Hamilton clocked 1 minute 36.219 seconds, Button had 1:36.368, Schumacher 1:36.391, Webber 1:36.461, Raikkonen also 1:36.461 and Vettel 1:36.634.

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