Kyle Larson swept the weekend at Auto Club Speedway by winning the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series & NASCAR XFINITY Series races

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, does a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 26, 2017 in Fontana, California.

Starting from pole Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet won the 21st Annual Auto Club 400, his 2nd win in 116 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races. This is his 1st win & 4th Top 10 finish in 2017. This is his 1st win & 2nd Top 10 finish in four races at Auto Club Speedway. This is the 4rth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series weekend sweep at Auto Club Speedway: Kyle Larson (2017), Kyle Busch (2013), Matt Kenseth (2007) and Kasey Kahne (2006). 2nd Place Car 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford, started from 3rd place posted his 3rd Top 10 finish in 9 races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his 4th Top 10 finish in 2017. 3rd Place Car 14 Clint Bowyer Rush Truck Centers Ford, started from 17th place posted his 8th Top 10 finish in 17 races at Auto Club Speedway.

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 26, 2017 in Fontana, California.

4th Place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, started from 4th place followed by 5th place Car 22 Joey Logano AAA Southern California Ford, started from 35th place. 6th Place Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet, started from 8th place followed by 7th place Car 19 Daniel Suarez Subway Toyota, started from 10th place was the highest finishing rookie. 8th Place Car 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota, started from 9th place followed by 9th Place Car 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, started from 19th place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet, in 10th place, started from 13th place. Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 29 points over Chase Elliott.

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, takes the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 26, 2017 in Fontana, California.

The race had 7 Cautions for 29 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 5 for Car 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford, 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet Crash Turn 4. 2nd Caution on lap 62 for Stage 1 Conclusion. 3rd Caution on lap 122 for Stage 2 Conclusion. 4th Caution on lap 181 for Car 23 Gray Gaulding SunFrog.com Toyota Crash Turn 1. 5th Caution on lap 186 for Car 20 Matt Kenseth Peak Toyota, Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota Crash Turn 2. 6th Caution on lap 193 for Car 83 Corey LaJoie Bubba Burger Toyota Crash Turn 2. 7th Caution on lap 198 for Car 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford, Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal 50th Anniversary Ford Crash Turn 2.

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, takes the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 26, 2017 in Fontana, California.

The race had 17 Lead Changes among 8 drivers: K. Larson 1-5; P. Menard 6-7; K. Larson 8-32; C. Elliott 33-34; J. Logano 35; M. Truex Jr. 36-47; K. Larson 48-63; M. Truex Jr. 64-90; C. Elliott 91-92; M. Truex Jr. 93-122; K. Larson 123; M. Truex Jr. 124-127; K. Larson 128-155; Kyle Busch 156-162; T. Dillon # 163; K. Larson 164-192; D. Hamlin 193-196; K. Larson 197-202.

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 Sport Clips Toyota, lead the field under catution prior to the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 26, 2017 in Fontana, California.

Stage
Stage 1: 42,78,24,1,18,14,22,77,21,11
Stage 2: 78,42,24,14,77,1,18,22,11,2

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, drives during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 26, 2017 in Fontana, California.

This is a well earned win by Kyle Larson with a Margin of Victory: 0.779 Seconds over Brad Keselowski. Larson is the points leader that has been in 2nd place in the last 3 races, there be many more wins from this young talent.

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, applies the winners sticker in victory lane with his son, Owne, after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 26, 2017 in Fontana, California.

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, celebrates in victory land after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 26, 2017 in Fontana, California

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 5
Unofficial Race Results for the 21St Annual Auto Club 400 – Sunday, March 26, 2017
Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, CA – 2 Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 202 Laps – 404 Miles

Finish Start Truck Driver Team Laps Status
1. 1. Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 202 Running
2. 3. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford 202 Running
3. 17. Car 14 Clint Bowyer Rush Truck Centers Ford 202 Running
4. 4. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota 202 Running
5. 35. Car 22 Joey Logano AAA Southern California Ford 202 Running
6. 8. Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 202 Running
7. 10. Car 19 Daniel Suarez # Subway Toyota 202 Running
8. 9. Car 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 202 Running
9. 19. Car 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 202 Running
10. 13. Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet 202 Running
11. 11. Car 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol Chevrolet 202 Running
12. 14. Car 77 Erik Jones # Toyota Service Centers Toyota 202 Running
13. 7. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Beer Ford 202 Running
14. 2. Car 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Toyota 202 Running
15. 5. Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 202 Running
16. 18. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Axalta Chevrolet 202 Running
17. 24. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 202 Running
18. 21. Car 13 Ty Dillon # Twisted Tea Chevrolet 202 Running
19. 31. Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 202 Running
20. 12. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 202 Running
21. 37. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 202 Running
22. 16. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal 50th Anniversary Ford 202 Running
23. 36. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 202 Running
24. 15. Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford 201 Running
25. 20. Car 37 Chris Buescher Bush’s Beans Chevrolet 201 Running
26. 22. Car 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford 200 Running
27. 26. Car 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Travel Stops Ford 200 Running
28. 23. Car 27 Paul Menard Jack Links/Menards Chevrolet 200 Running
29. 38. Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am/Kappa Ford 200 Running
30. 30. Car 83 * Corey LaJoie # Bubba Burger Toyota 200 Running
31. 27. Car 38 David Ragan Camping World/Good Sam Ford 199 Running
32. 28. Car 72 Cole Whitt Southern California Chevy Dealers Chevrolet 199 Running
33. 25. Car 95 Michael McDowell LFR Woodie Chevrolet 198 Running
34. 29. Car 15 Reed Sorenson VIPRacingExperience.com Toyota 197 Running
35. 34. Car 51 * Timmy Hill(i) Bubba Burger Chevrolet 193 Running
36. 6. Car 20 Matt Kenseth Peak Toyota 184 Accident
37. 39. Car 23 Gray Gaulding # SunFrog.com Toyota 173 Accident
38. 33. Car 55 * Derrike Cope Chevrolet 117 Running
39. 32. Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt K1Speed Chevrolet 99 Engine

Race Comments: Prior to the green flag to start the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: Nos. #88, #27 (Unapproved Tire Change), #38 (Backup Car), #33 (Transmission Change). Failed to Qualify: N/A

Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 57 Mins, 46 Secs. Average Speed: 136.359 MPH. Caution Flags: 7 for 29 laps: Laps. Lead Changes: 17 among 8.

American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Larson, #42. Coors Light Pole Award: Kyle Larson, #42 187.047 mph. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Daniel Suarez, #19 15 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #42. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race : Kyle Larson, #42. Moog Go the Extra Mile: Brad Keselowski, #2 -0.331 secs. Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Kyle Larson, #42. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Daniel Suarez, #19.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Apr. 2, 2017 – Martinsville Speedway

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