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Logano wins Xfinity race at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Joey Logano put on a dominating performance to win Saturday's 200-mile Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Logano, a Sprint Cup Series regular and winner of the Daytona 500 last month, led 176 of 200 laps in this race. He claimed his 22nd career Xfinity victory but his first since September 2013 at Dover. Logano had been winless in his last 13 Xfinity starts.

"It's great to get an Xfinity win," Logano said. "I had four straight second (place finishes) coming into this race, so it feels great to get a win. What a day with the pole and the victory. It was a great car.

"This was one of those days that if you don't win then you're going to be really frustrated because you had the winning car all day. We were able to execute and run the plan and get a (win), so pretty cool."

It's the second time Logano has won a Xfinity race at this flat, one-mile track. He started on the pole and led 168 laps in his most recent start here in November 2012 when he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Logano drove the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske in this race. His teammate, Brad Keselowski, took that car to victory lane when the series last competed at Phoenix four and a half months ago. Keselowski is scheduled to drive the No. 22 in next Saturday's event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Matt Kenseth, driving the No. 20 Toyota for JGR, gained on Logano in the closing laps, but Kenseth came up 0.293 seconds short at the finish.

"I thought we had a car that could have won, but I just couldn't get there and couldn't get it done," Kenseth said.

Logano became the fourth different driver to win in as many Xfinity races this season, joining Ryan Reed (Daytona), Kevin Harvick (Atlanta) and Austin Dillon (Las Vegas).

Harvick finished third, while Dillon took the fourth spot. Erik Jones, driving the No. 54 JGR Toyota in place of the injured Kyle Busch, was fifth.

Ty Dillon's sixth-place finish allowed him to widen his points lead to 14 over Chris Buescher, who placed 14th. Reed is 22 points behind following his 13th- place run.

Chase Elliott, the defending Xfinity champion, rebounded from a spin late in the race to finish seventh. Elliott spun in turn 2 with 62 laps remaining when he made contact with Ty Dillon while the two were battling for the sixth position.

Elliott now trails Dillon by 25 points.

Brendan Gaughan, Regan Smith and Brian Scott completed the top-10.