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Monday, 27 March 2017 00:23

Larson Continues Strong Season, Wins Auto Club 400

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Larson finally gets his first victory of the season after sweeping the weekend.


Kyle Larson dominated the Auto Club 400 on his way to victory lane on Sunday at the Auto Club Speedway.

Larson has been strong to begin the season, with three-straight second-place finishes leading up to Sunday’s Auto Club 400.  Larson said he was happy to finally get to victory lane.

“We’ve been so good all year long and three seconds in a row,” Larson said.  “I’ve been watching all the TV, ‘he doesn’t know how to win;’ we knew how to win today so it’s good.”

Larson led 110 laps, but he still had to survive a wave of cautions over the final 50 laps.  Larson said he tried to manage his frustration in the closing laps.

“I was staying as calm as I could be, but also frustrated at the same time,” Larson said.  “Seems like every time I get to the lead at the end of one of these things, a caution comes out and I’ve got to fight people off on restarts.”

Martin Truex Jr. seemed to be Larson’s only competition throughout the day.  Truex won the second segment and looked like a threat to win, but a late pit road mistake cost him a shot at the victory.

“Sucks when you have to play defense at the end of these things,” Truex said.  “Just stumbled a little bit there at the end when it mattered.”

Truex, who led 73 laps, said he thought he and Larson’s cars were evenly-matched for most of the race.

“I thought we had as good a car as Larson at times, sometimes better,” Truex said.  “Just really seemed like whoever got out front had a little advantage.”

Unofficial results:

1. Kyle Larson

2. Brad Keselowski

3. Clint Bowyer

4. Martin Truex Jr.

5. Joey Logano

6. Jamie McMurray

7. Daniel Suarez

8. Kyle Busch

9. Ryan Blaney

10. Chase Elliott

11. Austin Dillon

12. Erik Jones

13. Kevin Harvick

14. Denny Hamlin

15. Ryan Newman

16. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

17. AJ Allmendinger

18. Ty Dillon

19. Aric Almirola

20. Kasey Kahne

21. Jimmie Johnson

22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

23. Trevor Bayne

24. Kurt Busch

25. Chris Buescher

26. Danica Patrick

27. Landon Cassill

28. Paul Menard

29. Matt DiBenedetto

30. Corey LaJoie

31. David Ragan

32. Cole Whitt

33. Michael McDowell

34. Reed Sorenson

35. Timmy Hill

36. Matt Kenseth

37. Gray Gaulding

38. Derrike Cope

39. Jeffrey Earnhardt

Bryan Nicodemus

My name is Bryan Nicodemus.  I'm from Pittsburgh, PA, and I am currently a sophomore at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.  I am majoring in Public Relations, and I hope to work in NASCAR someday.  Follow me on Twitter: @mmarkaholic55


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