Logano Wins as Scott and Wallace get locked in: The Royal Purple 300 Review

20120324_gav_sv5_032_extra_large Joey Logano gave Joe Gibbs yet another Auto Club Win. It was the 8th straight Auto Club Nationwide win for Gibbs but they still can't get it done in the Sprint Cup Series though. The 'story to watch' as the race unfolded were the teams vying for locked in status in two weeks. Brian Scott and Kenny Wallace needed big runs this week to stay locked in. Scott came home 4th, and Wallace was 7th, allowing both of them some breathing room. There are five teams that are now locked in that started the year outside the top 30. That means that 5 teams are now out; MAKE Motorsports, with Driver T.J. Bell, Go Green Racing with Joey Gase, Jimmy Means with Tim Schendel, The Joe Gibbs #20 team, and Jay Robinson Racing's #28 are all out. While Kyle Busch Motorsports, Mike Bliss in the TriStar #44 team, The ML Motorsports #70, Brad Keselowski's #22 and Benny Gordon's #24 team are all locked in now. Results and More after the jump! Star-divide  
Finish Qual. Driver Team Laps Status
1 1 Joey Logano 18 TransLux Toyota 150 Running
2 10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford 150 Running
3 3 Brad Keselowski 22 America's Tire / Dodge Dealers Dodge 150 Running
4 7 Brian Scott 11 Dollar General / Clorox Toyota 150 Running
5 4 Austin Dillon 3 AdvoCare / American Ethanol Chevrolet 150 Running
6 14 Brad Sweet 38 Great Clips Chevrolet 150 Running
7 6 Kenny Wallace 09 RAB Racing Toyota 150 Running
8 15 Kyle Busch 54 Monster Energy Toyota 150 Running
9 5 Elliott Sadler 2 Pierre Drive Thru Chevrolet 150 Running
10 8 Brendan Gaughan 33 South Point Chevrolet 150 Running
11 16 Michael Annett 43 Flying J / Pilot Ford 150 Running
12 17 James Buescher 30 Deft Chevrolet 150 Running
13 11 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 Alliance Truck Parts / Dodge Dealers Dodge 150 Running
14 9 Trevor Bayne 60 Ford EcoBoost Ford 150 Running
15 13 Jason Bowles 81 American Majority Toyota 150 Running
16 22 Tayler Malsam 19 G-Oil Chevrolet 150 Running
17 18 Mike Bliss 44 DoubleTree Hotel Claremont / Bandit Toyota 150 Running
18 19 Mike Wallace 01 Global Barter Corporation Chevrolet 150 Running
19 20 Joe Nemechek 87 AM FM Energy Toyota 149 Running
20 28 Jeremy Clements 51 GoodInfo.com Chevrolet 148 Running
21 35 Robert Richardson 23 North Texas Pipe Chevrolet 148 Running
22 33 Benny Gordon 24 Bigger Picture / High Road Chevrolet 148 Running
23 32 Joey Gase 39 Go Green Racing Ford 148 Running
24 31 Erik Darnell 40 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 147 Running
25 24 Blake Koch 41 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 147 Running
26 25 Eric McClure 14 Hefty / Reynolds Wrap Toyota 146 Running
27 27 T.J. Bell 50 Turbine Powered Technology Chevrolet 145 Running
28 39 Daryl Harr 4 iWorld Chevrolet 145 Running
29 34 Tim Schendel 52 Means Motorsports Chevrolet 145 Running
30 12 Cole Whitt 88 TaxSlayer / Air Hogs Chevrolet 142 Out of race
31 40 David Green 70 ML Motorsports Dodge 139 Out of race
32 2 Justin Allgaier 31 Brandt Monterey Chevrolet 112 Out of race
33 38 Kevin Lepage 28 Robinson-Blakeney Racing Chevrolet 82 Out of race
34 37 Morgan Shepherd 89 Racing with Jesus Chevrolet 66 Out of race
35 21 Danica Patrick 7 GoDaddy.com / Tissot Chevrolet 63 Out of race
36 29 Tim Andrews 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford 22 Start And Park
37 43 Scott Riggs 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 9 Start And Park
38 36 Chase Miller 46 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 8 Start And Park
39 30 Josh Wise 42 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 6 Start And Park
40 41 Mike Harmon 74 Koma Unwind Chevrolet 5 Start And Park
41 23 Scott Speed 47 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 4 Start And Park
42 42 John Jackson 72 James Carter Toyota 3 Start And Park
43 26 Jeff Green 10 TriStar Motorsports Toyota 2 Start And Park
  Elliott Sadler is on fire. His five top tens to start the year have him as the Points Leader heading into the break. He still needs to sustain this in order to make a run at a championship. Here's how the top 10 in points looks:  
Rank Car # Driver Sponsor Make Owner Points
1 2 Elliott Sadler (W2) One Main Financial Chevy Richard Childress Racing 214
2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr (PC) (W1) Kelloggs Pop Tarts Ford Roush Fenway 196
3 3 Austin Dillon ® Advocare/Bass Pro Shops Chevy Richard Childress Racing 187
4 60 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost Ford Roush Fenway 180
5 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Penske Racing 160
6 88 Cole Whitt ® Hellmann's/TaxSlayer/Degree Chevy JR Motorsports 151
7 43 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Ford Richard Petty Motorsports 148
8 19 Tayler Malsam ® G-Oil Toyota Tri-Star Motorsports 144
9 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy Turner Motorsports 126
10 44 Mike Bliss Bandit Chippers Toyota Tri-Star Motorsports 119
  When we return in two weeks, here's how the battle for the top 31 looks:  
Rank Car # Driver Sponsor Make Owner Points
29 41 Blake Koch Rise Up And Register Ford Rick Ware Racing 91
30 4 Daryl Harr Chevy JD Motorsports 88
31 70 Johanna Long Foretravel Chevy ML Motorsports 86
32 08 Tim Andrews * Ford Randy Hill Racing 75
33 50 TJ Bell * Eastbound and Down Chevy MAKE Motorsports 75
34 39 Joey Gase * Ford Go Green Racing 70
  Join us soon for another round of Nationwide Racing. Enjoy!

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