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Elliott Sadler remains atop Xfinity standings after Fontana race

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Elliott Sadler remains atop the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings after Saturday’s Service King 300 at Auto Club Speedway.

Sadler slightly increased his lead to 17 points over second-ranked teammate William Byron.

Justin Allgaier and Ryan Reed are tied for third place, each 46 points behind Sadler, while Darrell Wallace Jr. rounds out the top five, 49 points behind Sadler in fifth place.

Click here for the point standings after Saturday’s race at Fontana.

The Xfinity Series is off next weekend. The next race is April 8 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Full race results from Saturday’s Service King 300 Xfinity race at Fontana

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Kyle Larson hasn’t been able to win in the NASCAR Cup Series of late, with three consecutive runner-ups and four second-place showings in the last five races (dating to the last race of the 2016 season).

But Larson knows how to win in the Xfinity Series, that’s for sure. The California native earned his sixth career junior league win — and his second at Auto Club Speedway in his home state — in Saturday’s Service King 300.

Joey Logano gave Larson a strong challenge in the final four laps but couldn’t quite seal the deal, finishing second, followed by Kyle Busch, Erik Jones and William Byron.

Click here for the full race results.

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Larson holds off late rally by Logano to win Xfinity race at Fontana

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Kyle Larson held off a late surge by Joey Logano to win Saturday’s Service King 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Logano and Larson jousted for the lead over the last 20 laps, but it wasn’t until a final restart with four laps to go that allowed Larson to gain an advantage and remain ahead of Logano the rest of the way to the checkered flag.

Larson won by 0.127 seconds over Logano to earn his sixth career triumph in the Xfinity Series, including the second at Fontana in his home state.

“The racing there at the end with Joey was awesome,” Larson said on Fox Sports 1. “We just had a couple lap fresher tires than he did and was able to chase him down. I was trying to be patient.

“… It was a heck of a race. I honestly didn’t think we’d be here yesterday. I was struggling bad in practice, fought the balance a lot throughout the race, and then finally the last two runs we hit it.”

Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Erik Jones and William Byron.

Sixth through 10th were Darrell Wallace Jr., Elliott Sadler, Brennan Poole, Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon.

MORE: Race results of Service King 300 Xfinity Series race at Fontana

MORE: NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings after Service King 300 at Fontana

Despite finishing second, Logano was exceptional and overcame several bits of adversity, including a pit road speeding penalty.

Then on Lap 96 Logano was leading and suffered a major pit malfunction. A jack broke before crew members were able to put left-side tires on, leaving the car on the ground.

NASCAR officials allowed Logano’s team to use a second jack, helping the team finally lift the left side of the car. Logano returned to the track in 26th but quickly worked his way back to the lead with 32 laps left.

Unofficially, Logano gained more than 60 positions on the racetrack from start to finish.

Larson now goes for a second consecutive win, starting from the pole in the weekend’s main event: Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup race at the 2-mile oval about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

“I’m happy, this is our second win here in California, and I hope we can do it again tomorrow,” Logano told FS1.

Winner of first stage (laps 1-35): Kyle Busch

Winner of second stage (laps 36-70): Kyle Busch

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Six-time Fontana Xfinity winner Kyle Busch struggled at times, but like Logano, kept finding – and fighting – his way back to the front, finishing third. … Rookie William Byron finished fifth, giving him back-to-back top-five Xfinity finishes (he was fourth at Phoenix last week).

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Paul Menard was running fourth on Lap 94 when he was pushed into the wall by Erik Jones. Menard’s car caught fire, but he escaped unharmed. Menard finished 36th. … A small fire also started when Cole Custer wrecked on Lap 106. He was OK and finished 35th.

NOTABLE: Logano led the most laps (70) in the 150-lap event. Kyle Busch led 55 laps and Larson 21. … The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was ruled to have an improperly installed lug nut during post-race inspection. Also, the cars of Larson, Logano and Kyle Busch were taken back to the NASCAR R&D Center for routine inspection.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’ll start from the pole and hopefully be right here tomorrow.” – Race winner Kyle Larson, who has four runner-up finishes in his past five Cup starts (dating to last season), including the past three races.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Xfinity Series is off next weekend (the Camping World Truck Series returns from hiatus). Both the Trucks and the Cup Series will compete at Martinsville Speedway. The Xfinity Series returns with the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on April 8 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Logano, Hemric will start on front row for Xfinity race at Fontana

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Joey Logano did not take a qualifying run for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Auto Club Speedway after failing to get through inspection Friday.

He made up for that on Saturday, taking the pole for that afternoon’s Service King 300 with a top speed at 182.556 mph. It was the 32nd Xfinity pole in Logano’s career.

The No. 22 Ford Fusion hasn’t won for Team Penske since 2015. Ford also hasn’t won an Xfinity race at Fontana since 2007 (Matt Kenseth won).

“It’s nice to see speed back in the 22 again,” Logano told Fox Sports 1. “It’s been a while since they’ve won, and today would be a great day for that.”

Daniel Hemric qualified a career-best second (181.658).

“If you’re going to be second to a guy like Joey – he’s been around here a couple times – so we’ll take it,” Hemric told FS1.

Hemric was followed by Erik Jones (181.470), Cole Custer with a career-best start (180.955), Paul Menard (180.5789.7), William Byron (180.451), Kyle Larson (180.397), Brandon Jones (179.982), Ty Dillon (179.847), Darrell Wallace Jr. (179.717), Blake Koch (179.448) and Brendan Gaughan (178.527).

Saturday’s race will take the green flag shortly after 4 p.m. ET. It will be televised on FS1.

Click here for the qualifying results.

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NASCAR America: Justin Allgaier’s confidence on short run led to Phoenix win

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After Justin Allgaier captured his first Xfinity Series win with Junior Motorsports — and his first in the series since 2012 — he discussed his confidence on the short-run which led him to victory in Phoenix.

In addition to the win, Allgaier earned $100,000 in the first of four Dash 4 Cash races this season.