March 23, 2014 on FOX
Larson Takes Checkered Flag at TreatMyClot.com 300
credit: Auto Club Speedway
Larson celebrates his win in Victory Lane
Calif. – Kyle Larson (No. 42 Cartwheel
Chevrolet) and his growing fan base got a little bit bigger
on Saturday as the California native and 21-year-old held
off a late-race charge by Kevin Harvick (No. 5 TaxSlayer.com
Chevrolet) and Kyle Busch (No. 54, Monster Energy Toyota)
to win his first NASCAR NNS race at the TREATMYCLOT.COM
300 at Auto Club Speedway.
who is from the Sacramento suburb of Elk Grove in Northern
California, led 17 of 150 laps around the two-mile track
for the after finishing second five times in 37 Series
first win was not only popular with the fans, but several
drivers went out of their way to congratulate him after
last caution I think I noticed a TV screen and saw my
face and next to it it said, ‘five second-place
finishes in the Nationwide Series’ and I thought
to myself, ‘I am not getting another one,’
” Larson said. “Those guys came at me hard
and I thought, ‘Oh, no. Second again. But I was
finally able to stop that streak.”
added: “To have guys like Rick Hendrick, Kyle Busch
and Chase (Elliott) come up and congratulate me after
the race was great.”
second-place finish was his 15th top-10 finish in 18 races
at ACS. It was his third top-10 finish in 2014.
had a lot of fun there at the end," Harvick said.
“Obviously, you'd rather win the race, but any time
you can be involved in a race like that and put on a show
for the fans like we did there at the end, you have some
Busch, who has won six of the last eight NNS races here:
“It was a great battle there, a fun race the three
of us going back and forth and trying to figure out who
wanted to win the thing. Congrats to Kyle. There shouldn't
be anyone happier than the fans in the stands."
Elliott Sadler (Sport Clip Toyota) finished fifth. Joey
Logano (No. 22 America’s Tire Ford) led the race
for 96 laps and finished fourth.
Elliott (No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) was the highest
will look to win on back-to-back days on Sunday in the
Auto Club 400 and has gotten better each week on the Sprint
Cup Series. After finishing 38th in the Daytona 500, he
was 20th at Phoenix and 19th at Las Vegas.
means the world to finally get it here in my home state
of California," Larson said. "Man, that was
a blast racing out there, and I think it's going to be
a heck of a race tomorrow in the Cup car, too."
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