Target Chip Ganassi driver Kyle Larson had a weekend he won't soon forget. Racing in front of his home crowd, he won the NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday and Sunday led a race high 110 laps to finally get his first Monster Cup win of 2017 going away. Surviving several late cautions and restarts, Larson's Chevy simply could not be touched. Penske Ford driver Brad Keselowski was 2nd 0.779sec behind after the final green-white-checkered. Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-3.
Larson Holds Off Logano For Xfinity Win at Fontana
NASCAR XFINITY Series Kyle Larson kept polesitter Joey Logano at bay after a restart with four laps left in Saturday's Service King 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway and held on to win by .127 seconds. Logano chased Larson to the checkered flag but couldn't prevent the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet from scoring his first victory of the season, his second at Fontana and the sixth of his career.
Auto Club 400 After three straight runner-up finishes in his last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, Kyle Larson will start first after winning the pole Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Larson edged Denny Hamlin by 0.014 seconds in Friday's qualifying session, as Hamlin covered the two-mile distance at 186.979 mph. The Coors Light Pole Award was Larson's first at Auto Club, first of the season and second of his career.
Drivers 1st Ryan Newman - No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet 2nd Kyle Larson - No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet 4th Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - No. 17 Fastenal Ford Richard Childress - Winning team owner Luke Lambert - Winning Crew Chief
Opting to not come to pit road following a late-race caution, Ryan Newman was able to score a fortuitous win in today's Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The victory snapped a 127-race winless streak for the driver of the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet who last visited victory lane in the 2013 Brickyard 400. It was also the first victory for Richard Childress Racing since Kevin Harvick won the fall 2013 race at Phoenix. Kyle Larson came home second in the No. 42 Credit Bank Chevrolet. Kyle Busch, who led 114 laps and seemed a sure bet for victory before a blown tire for Joey Logano brought out a caution with 8 laps remaining, was third. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who also didn't pit following the late caution came home fourth with Brad Keselowski fifth.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Justin Allgaier walked out of Phoenix International Raceway $100,000 richer as he captured Saturday's DC Solar 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race to claim the first Dash 4 Cash race of the season. Allgaier sailed away with a magnificent restart with four laps left and finished 0.741 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Blaney for his fourth-career Xfinity Series victory.
Joey Logano launched his way to the top of the heap in Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday at Phoenix Raceway, claiming the first starting spot for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. Logano drove the Team Penske No. 22 Ford to a best lap of 137.321 mph in the last of three rounds of qualifying on the 1-mile track. The pole award was Logano's first of the season, first at the Arizona oval and the 18th of his Monster Energy Series career. Logano is the most recent winner at the 1-mile track, prevailing in the desert last November.
Martin Truex passed an ailing Brad Keselowski with two laps remaining to win today's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was the eighth career victory for the driver of the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER BOATS Toyota and first of 2017. Truex also won both stage 1 and 2 becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep both stages and score the victory. Kyle Larson was second with Chase Elliott third. Joey Logano bumped Kyle Busch in the final turn and came home fourth, with teammate Keselowski rounding out the top-five.
Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway wasn't a drag race, but lane choice proved critical to Joey Logano's 28th NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford. Choosing the top side for a restart on Lap 196 of 200, after Ty Dillon's spin on Lap 192 necessitated the ninth and final caution of the afternoon, Logano cleared Kyle Larson off Turn 4 after an intense side-by-side battle and pulled away to win by 0.602 seconds.
Defending race winner Brad Keselowski earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday by recording a fastest third-round lap of 193.680 mph in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford. It will be Keselowski's first pole at Las Vegas, though he has won there twice.
by Pete McCole Speedway Motorsports Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith announced today that Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in the fall beginning in 2018. Under a five-year sponsorship agreement with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, SMI will shift the fall Cup series and Camping World Truck Series races previously run in September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as well as the NASCAR Xfinity Series race normally held in July at Kentucky Speedway to Las Vegas.
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski rallied from a lap down to win Sunday's Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to score his 22nd-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. Keselowski took advantage after Kevin Harvick was nabbed for speeding on the final round of pit stops, then passed Kyle Larson with seven laps to go to record his first Atlanta victory. Larson was second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott.
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