March 23, 2014 on FOX
Kyle Busch defends Auto Club 400 title with repeat victory
credit: Auto Club Speedway
Busch celebrates his second Auto Club 400 win in a row
Calif. – Kyle Busch’s dominance continued
at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana as the defending
NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 champion took home the
checkered flag once again.
(No. 18, Interstate Batteries Toyota) held off rookie
Kyle Larson (No. 42, Target Chevrolet), Tony Stewart (No.
14, Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet) and his older
brother Kurt Busch (No. 41, Haas Automation Chevrolet)
in the wildly exciting finish in a race that featured
a record 35 lead changes. A sold-out and enthusiastic
crowd watched as Grand Marshal Gonzo of the Muppets started
the race by directing drivers to start their engines.
an awesome race this track produced two days in a row,”
said Busch, who held off Larson by 0.214 seconds in a
green-white-checkered finish. “I can't believe it.
Thank the Lord for getting us locked in the Chase."
win for Busch, who held the lead twice and started 14th,
was his third career win at Fontana and marked the fifth
time in five races a new winner has emerged this NASCAR
season. It was his 29th career Sprint Cup victory.
Friday, Busch placed his feet, plaque and signature in
the Auto Club Speedway Walk of Fame, and it’s a
spot he’ll happily return to next March.
Kenseth (No. 20, Dollar General Toyota) and Stewart finished
fourth and fifth, respectively, while five-time Auto Club
Speedway Cup winner Jimmie Johnson (No. 48, Lowe’s
Spring Is Calling Chevrolet) blew a tire while in the
lead with seven laps to go. He finished 24th.
Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet) overtook
the lead at that point, but it was short-lived as Clint
Bowyer (No. 15, PEAK Toyota) spun to cause a yellow with
two laps left.
was the second straight day Busch and Larson battled till
the very end as Larson won Saturday’s NASCAR NNS
TREATMYCLOT.com 300 race, the first of his career. ''I
don't know where everybody went, but I somehow ended up
in second and it entered my mind, 'We might sweep the
weekend,' ” Larson said.
came off the fourth turn in disbelief that we won this
thing, because we were mediocre all day,'' Kyle Busch
said. ''It was really weird for us, not a race that we're
typically used to. But now there's a load off your shoulders
that you can go out the rest of the season and race the
way you want to.''
McMurray (No. 1, McDonald’s Chevrolet), Brian Vickers
(No. 55, TreatMyClot.com/Aaron’s Toyota), A.J. Allmendinger
(No. 47, Charter Chevrolet), Paul Menard (No. 27, Duracell/Menards
Chevrolet) and Carl Edwards (No. 99, Subway Ford) finished
finish kept him one point ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
(No. 88, National Guard Chevrolet), who finished 12th,
for the overall points lead. Gordon was 13th and Danica
Patrick (No. 10, GoDaddy/Get Found Chevrolet) was 14th.
About Auto Club Speedway:
50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, California, Auto
Club Speedway is California’s premier motorsports
facility, hosting over 320 days of track activity each
year including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club
400 weekend in March and the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships
Finale weekend in August. The two-mile D-shaped oval is
one of the fastest tracks on the INDYCAR and NASCAR circuits.
The Speedway is also home to numerous movies, television
and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing,
club racing and a variety of racing schools. For more
information on events at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE
(7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.
For more information on event lodging, visit the Hilton
Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of
Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway.
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