Kyle Larson’s Chevrolet holds off Kevin Harvick for very first NASCAR Nationwide win: 21-yr old California native wins in his residence state

21-yr previous California native wins in his residence state

By: Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service on March 22, 2014


Kyle Larson won his 1st NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday at… Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.


Kyle Larson salutes the crowd at Fontana soon after his win in the TreatMyClot…. Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.


Kyle Larson, 21, helps make his first job quit at victory lane in the NASCAR … Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.


Kyle Larson hoists the hardware soon after winning at Fontana…. Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.


Kyle Larson is the king of victory lane at Fontana on Saturday soon after he… Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

Heralded NASCAR neophyte Kyle Larson last but not least had his day in the sun. When a cloud cover lifted with roughly 50 laps left in Saturday’;s 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway, Larson’;s No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet came to life.

Larson, who had posted 5 2nd-location finishes in 37 preceding NNS begins, grabbed the lead following a restart on lap 135 of 150 and survived an extreme battle towards Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch to win for the initial time in the Nationwide Series, arriving at the finish line .342 seconds ahead of Harvick, who edged Busch for 2nd by .04 seconds.

Joey Logano, who led 96 laps, came residence 4th, followed by Coors Light Pole Award winner Elliott Sadler. Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth, Ty Dillon, Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith finished the best 10, leaving Smith and Bayne tied for the series factors lead via 5 races.

“I’;m shaking nevertheless this is great,” stated Larson, who got an ice-water bath in victory lane. “I thought possibly we could get away [soon after the final restart], but the 54 [Busch] and 5 [Harvick] had been genuinely good behind us, and I had to race with those guys.

“Man, it was incredible. These final 11 or twelve laps have been the longest laps of my life… It was rather cool to beat these guys. The 54 and the 22 [Joey Logano] have dominated the series for a whilst now, and Harvick’;s with a good crew. It was a blast.”

Larson, Busch and Harvick spent the last sixteen laps dicing for place, with Busch truly leading lap 145 prior to Larson charged back past him on the outdoors and stayed out front to the finish. For Harvick and Busch, the good quality and intensity of the racing took some of the sting out of finishing 2nd and third.

“The fans won today,” Busch stated, summing up the electric environment of the closing laps.

With a rear axle housing that was skewed outdoors of NASCAR’;s tolerances, Busch’;s No. 54 Toyota failed to clear inspection ahead of the finish of the initial round of knockout qualifying and started out the race from the rear of the area.

What may well have been a daunting challenge to a lesser driver was a mere inconvenience to Busch, who innovative to 25th on the first lap and was 16th by the time he finished the 2nd-green flag lap following an early caution for Jamie Dick’;s collision with the turn 3 wall on lap a single.

That was the start off of Busch’;s methodical march through the area. By lap 8, Busch was 10th. On lap 14, he passed Brian Scott for the fifth spot. On lap 22, he grabbed second spot from Harvick.

And when Logano had problems with the appropriate front tire throughout a green-flag pit cease on lap 41, Busch had the lead, with a margin of far more than 3 seconds. Just as methodically as Busch had carved his way through the area, even so, Logano reduce the No. 54 Toyota’;s advantage to nothing at all and retook the lead with a pass on lap 61.

After pit stops underneath caution for debris on the backstretch, Busch regained the best spot following a restart on lap 72, moving previous Logano to the inside. Make contact with in flip 2 amongst the Chevrolets of Dylan Kwasniewski and Chase Elliott, which knocked Elliott into the outdoors wall, slowed the field for the third time and gave Logano a possibility to regain the lead, which he did soon after a restart on lap 78.

Logano took management of the race, regardless of a charge from Larson, who found warmer, slicker situations much more to his liking soon after the sun broke via the clouds as the race reached lap 100 of a scheduled 150.

Following a round of green-flag pit stops, Logano led Larson in 2nd by 4.147 seconds on lap 116, but the 21-12 months-outdated California native instantly began cutting into the deficit, chopping it down to .233 seconds by lap 125.

Larson had the lead by a nose when the vehicles crossed the stripe on lap 128, but Logano regained the point a minute later, before NASCAR referred to as the 4th caution when Josh Wise’;s Chevrolet dropped fluid on the track.

Pit stops underneath the yellow scrambled the running buy, putting Harvick in the lead for a restart on lap 135, with Larson, Logano, Busch and Sadler lined up in second by way of fifth, respectively. Larson rocketed to the lead right after taking the green flag and held off repeated problems from Harvick and Busch to safe his first Nationwide Series victory.

NASCAR Nationwide Series


At Car Club Speedway

Fontana, Calif.

Lap length: 2 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (8) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 150 laps, 123.2 rating, factors.

2. (6) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 150, 121.5, .

3. (39) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 150, 123.2, .

4. (4) Joey Logano, Ford, 150, 142.6, .

5. (1) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 150, 104.8, 39.

6. (5) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 150, 103.2, 39.

6. (2) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 150, 109.8, .

8. (3) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 150, 98.1, 36.

9. (13) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 150, 94.6, 35.

8. (eleven) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 150, 88.9, 34.

eleven. (6) Dylan Kwasniewski, Chevrolet, 150, 84.9, 33.

12. (9) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 150, 97, 33.

13. (16) David Ragan, Ford, 150, 84.6, .

14. (19) Chris Buescher, Ford, 150, 77.2, thirty.

15. (10) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 150, 83.5, 29.

16. (twelve) James Buescher, Toyota, 150, 81.6, 28.

17. (15) Ryan Reed, Ford, 149, 69.2, 27.

18. (18) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 149, 74, 26.

19. (14) J.J. Yeley, Dodge, 149, 72.6, .

20. (27) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 148, 60.4, 24.

21. (26) Mike Wallace, Dodge, 148, 56.6, 23.

22. (17) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 148, 65.2, .

23. (25) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 147,, 21.

24. (21) David Starr, Toyota, 147, 60.2, 20.

25. (33) Eric McClure, Toyota, 146, 47.9, 19.

26. (thirty) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 145, 43.5, 18.

27. (35) Daryl Harr, Chevrolet, 145, 42.9, 17.

28. (36) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 143, 37.5, sixteen.

29. (37) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, 140, 34.6, 15.

30. (28) Kevin Lepage, Dodge, 140, 50.2, 14.

31. (31) Tanner Berryhill, Dodge, 131, 44.7, 13.

32. (38) Jason White, Toyota, 128, 35.8, twelve.

33. (24) Josh Smart, Chevrolet, engine, 126, 56.3, .

34. (34) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 126, 33.4, 8.

35. (23) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 108, 57.9, 9.

36. (twenty) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 107, 41.6, 8.

37. (22) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, vibration, 8, 34.6, 7.

38. (forty) Carl Extended, Toyota, electrical, 6, 33, 6.

39. (32) Blake Koch, Toyota, vibration, 6, 31.3, 5.

forty. (29) Jeff Green, Toyota, vibration, 4, 29.7, 4.

Race Statistics

Regular Speed of Race Winner: 143.942 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hours, 5 minutes, 3 seconds.

Margin of Victory: .342 seconds.

Caution Flags: 4 for 15 laps.

Lead Modifications: 18 amongst 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K.Harvick 1-5 J.Logano 6-41 K.Busch 42-60 J.Logano 61-72 K.Busch 73-76 J.Logano 77 K.Busch 78 B.Scott 79-80 J.Logano 81-112 K.Larson 113 C.Elliott 114-115 J.Logano 116-127 K.Larson 128 J.Logano 129-131 K.Harvick 132-134 K.Larson 135-144 K.Busch 145 K.Larson 146-150.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Instances Led, Laps Led): J.Logano, 6 instances for 96 laps K.Busch, 4 occasions for 25 laps K.Larson, 4 instances for 17 laps K.Harvick, 2 occasions for 8 laps C.Elliott, one time for 2 laps B.Scott, one time for 2 laps.

Leading 10 in Factors: 1. R.Smith, 185 2. T.Bayne, 185 3. T.Dillon, 179 4. C.Elliott, 177 5. E.Sadler, 174 6. B.Gaughan, 160 7. B.Scott, 160 8. D.Kwasniewski, 149 9. J.Buescher, 145 8. M.Bliss, 125.

NASCAR Driver Rating Formula

A optimum of 150 factors can be attained in a race.

The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Best-15 Finishes, Regular Running Position Although on Lead Lap, Typical Pace Under Green, Quickest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

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