Kyle Busch wins as tyres blow at Fontana

 

Kyle Busch celebrates at Fontana

Kyle Busch celebrates at Fontana

Kyle Busch has won his second-straight Auto Club 400 at Fontana in California after a race dominated by tyre issues.

Busch held off rookie Kyle Larson on the final green-white-checkered restart.

“I went into Turn 1 thinking I’d run the middle, Tony (Stewart) started sliding off the bottom, so I cut my car to the left, drove underneath him and was able to keep Kyle Larson behind me,” said Kyle Busch

“What a shoe that kid is. If he drove it further than I did, Jesus must have told him to stop.

“What an awesome race this track produced two days in a row. I can’t believe it. Thank the Lord for getting us locked in the Chase.”

Larson was trailed by Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart to complete the top-five.

The major talking point was a range of tyre failures which started with Kevin Harvick. The Stewart-Haas driver recovered to make it back into the top three later in the race, but had another left rear go down with 62 laps remaining. He finished 36th.

Before the race even hit 50 laps, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s had a front left go down, putting him into the wall for some minor right side damage. Earnhardt made it back up to the top 10 but eventually fell back to finish 12th.

Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski both had tyres let go in the final stages of the race. Amongst others to hit tyre issues were Carl Edwards and Australia’s Marcos Ambrose. Ambrose was just outside the top-15 with 10 laps to run when he had to make another stop to change tyres and lost the lead lap in the process finishing back in 30th.

Only minutes before the start of the race, Joe Gibbs Racing officials announced that driver Denny Hamlin was not medically cleared to race because of a sinus infection that is causing vision problems. Sam Hornish Jr. drove the No. 11 FedEx Toyota in his place and finished 17th.

VIDEO: Race Highlights

 

VIDEO: Race finish and interview


RESULTS: Auto Club 400 – California Speedway 

POS 

Car # 

Driver 

Make 

Start Pos. 

Laps 

Laps Led 

Final Status

Points

Bonus Points

1

18 Kyle Busch Toyota 14 206 4 Running 47 4

2

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 11 206 0 Running 42 0

3

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 17 206 0 Running 42 1

4

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 1 206 19 Running 41 1

5

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 10 206 0 Running 39 0

6

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 25 206 0 Running 38 0

7

55 Brian Vickers Toyota 19 206 1 Running 38 1

8

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 18 206 0 Running 36 0

9

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 30 206 0 Running 35 0

10

99 Carl Edwards Ford 9 206 0 Running 34 0

11

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 20 206 0 Running 33 0

12

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 15 206 0 Running 32 0

13

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 6 206 15 Running 32 1

14

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 27 206 0 Running 30 0

15

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 31 206 0 Running 29 0

16

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5 206 2 Running 29 1

17

11 Sam Hornish Jr Toyota 13 206 0 Running 0 0

18

26 Cole Whitt Toyota 34 206 0 Running 26 0

19

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 23 206 0 Running 25 0

20

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 16 206 3 Running 25 1

21

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 36 206 1 Running 24 1

22

23 Alex Bowman Toyota 40 206 0 Running 22 0

23

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 12 206 0 Running 21 0

24

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 3 206 56 Running 22 2

25

40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 43 205 1 Running 0 0

26

2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 205 38 Running 19 1

27

34 David Ragan Ford 41 205 1 Running 18 1

28

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 28 205 0 Running 16 0

29

35 David Reutimann Ford 33 205 0 Running 16 1

30

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 8 205 0 Running 14 0

31

83 Ryan Truex Toyota 39 205 0 Running 13 0

32

66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 42 205 1 Running 0 0

33

32 Travis Kvapil Ford 35 205 0 Running 11 0

34

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 22 204 0 Running 10 0

35

33 Brian Scott Chevrolet 37 204 0 Running 0 0

36

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 4 204 0 Running 8 0

37

98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 38 204 0 Running 7 0

38

38 David Gilliland Ford 29 202 1 Running 7 1

39

22 Joey Logano Ford 7 195 0 Running 5 0

40

16 Greg Biffle Ford 24 193 0 Running 4 0

41

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 26 180 0 Running 3 0

42

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 32 85 0 Accident 2 0

43

43 Aric Almirola Ford 21 68 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS

Position

Driver

Points

Behind

Starts

WINS

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Carl Edwards 186 Leader 5 1 2 4 0

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr 185 -1 5 1 3 3 0

3

Jeff Gordon 184 -2 5 0 2 4 0

4

Brad Keselowski 182 -4 5 1 3 3 0

5

Matt Kenseth 179 -7 5 0 1 3 0

6

Jimmie Johnson 165 -21 5 0 1 3 0

7

Kyle Busch 158 -28 5 1 1 2 0

8

Ryan Newman 150 -36 5 0 0 2 0

9

Austin Dillon 150 -36 5 0 0 1 0

10

Joey Logano 146 -40 5 0 2 2 0

11

Denny Hamlin 140 -46 4 0 1 2 0

12

Jamie McMurray 138 -48 5 0 0 2 1

13

Brian Vickers 137 -49 5 0 0 2 0

14

Paul Menard 134 -52 5 0 1 2 0

15

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 132 -54 5 0 1 2 0

16

Kyle Larson 131 -55 5 0 1 2 1

17

Tony Stewart 127 -59 5 0 2 2 0

18

Casey Mears 126 -60 5 0 0 1 0

19

Kasey Kahne 123 -63 5 0 0 2 0

20

Marcos Ambrose 122 -64 5 0 1 1 0

21

Greg Biffle 122 -64 5 0 0 1 0

22

AJ Allmendinger 118 -68 5 0 0 1 0

23

Clint Bowyer 114 -72 5 0 0 0 1

24

Kurt Busch 99 -87 5 0 1 1 1

25

Kevin Harvick 97 -89 5 1 1 1 1

26

Aric Almirola 96 -90 5 0 1 1 2

27

Danica Patrick 92 -94 5 0 0 0 1

28

Reed Sorenson 91 -95 5 0 0 0 0

29

Justin Allgaier 88 -98 5 0 0 0 1

30

Martin Truex Jr 82 -104 5 0 0 0 1

31

Michael Annett 75 -111 5 0 0 0 1

32

Cole Whitt 71 -115 5 0 0 0 1

33

David Ragan 69 -117 5 0 0 0 0

34

David Gilliland 67 -119 5 0 0 0 0

35

Alex Bowman 65 -121 5 0 0 0 1

36

Josh Wise 50 -136 4 0 0 0 0

37

Parker Kligerman 33 -153 5 0 0 0 3

38

Ryan Truex 33 -153 4 0 0 0 1

39

Travis Kvapil 33 -153 4 0 0 0 0

40

Bobby Labonte 29 -157 1 0 0 0 0

41

Jeff Burton 27 -159 1 0 0 0 0

42

Terry Labonte 24 -162 1 0 0 0 0

43

Michael McDowell 19 -167 3 0 0 0 1

44

David Reutimann 16 -170 1 0 0 0 0

45

Timmy Hill 7 -179 2 0 0 0 1

46

Michael Waltrip 4 -182 1 0 0 0 1

47

Landon Cassill 0 -186 3 0 0 0 0

48

Sam Hornish Jr 0 -186 1 0 0 0 0

49

Trevor Bayne 0 -186 2 0 0 0 1

50

Brian Scott 0 -186 3 0 0 0 0

51

Joe Nemechek 0 -186 3 0 0 0 1

52

Blake Koch 0 -186 1 0 0 0 0

53

Morgan Shepherd 0 -186 1 0 0 0 1

54

Dave Blaney 0 -186 0 0 0 0 0

55

Eric McClure 0 -186 0 0 0 0 0

56

J.J. Yeley 0 -186 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

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