This weekend was the last race of NASCAR Goes West and drivers were in Fontana, California for the Auto Club 400.

The race started as usual, with Pole Sitter Kyle Larson (42) jumping to the front of the pack.

Denny Hamlin (11), the other half of the front row, failed to go anywhere when the green flag dropped.

This pushed Hamlin into the No. 2 of Brad Keselowski, which would later cost him.

On lap 3, Keselowski got into the nose of Jimmie Johnson and went spinning into the grass on the front straightaway.

After fixing damage to the car, the No. 2 was able to carry on in the race.

To the end of Stage 1 now, its Kyle Larson who takes the green/white checkered flag and scores the ten bonus points.

STAGE 1
  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Martin Truex Jr. (78)
  3. Chase Elliott (24)
  4. Jamie McMurray (1)
  5. Kyle Busch (18)
  6. Clint Bowyer (14)
  7. Joey Logano (22)
  8. Erik Jones (77)
  9. Ryan Blaney (21)
  10. Denny Hamlin

And in the end of Stage 2…

Martin Truex Jr. is the one to take home those bonus points.

Larson came close to sweeping both stages but came up a little short. He started second for the final stage.

STAGE 2
  1. Martin Truex Jr. 
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Chase Elliott
  4. Clint Bowyer
  5. Erik Jones
  6. Jamie McMurray
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Brad Keselowski

Jumping to 21 laps to go, the yellow flag waves as Gray Gaulding hits the wall of Turn 2.

After the next round of yellow flag pit stops, its Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin out front again.

With less than 16 to go, Hamlin falls back on the restart, which sends the N0. 20 of Matt Kenseth spinning.

He hits the inside wall of Turn 4 hard, destroying the left-front side of his car.

On this yellow flag pit stop, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. test their luck and stay out.

While the current race leader, Kyle Larson wins the race on and off pit road and restarted third.

But it seems that theres restarts just can’t get going.

With less than 5 to go, Larson battled his way back to the lead.

This time though its Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who brought out the caution after taking a spin.

This wreck sent the race into NASCAR overtime.

In the final restart of the race, it’s the 25-year-old from Elk Grove, California who takes the checkered flag.

This win was Larson’s second overall cup victory.

Brad Keselowski, who battled back from problems earlier in the race, finished second.

Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.

Rookie Daniel Suarez finished 7th while some of the other young guns, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott came in 9th and 10th.

 

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