Truex Jr. wins Fontana for 1st victory of season
Martin Truex Jr. has cruised to victory at Fontana, claiming the first win of the season for last year's NASCAR Cup Series champion. Defending race champ Kyle Larson finished second.
Slow start tests Jimmie Johnson's sense of humor
The seven-time NASCAR champ sits 26th in the Cup standings heading into Sunday's California race as he and his Hendrick team wrestle with the new Camaro body.
Kyle Larson gets paid to drive, not 'hold a wrench'
Larson focuses on driving and isn't the type to immerse himself in the mechanics of the car. Considering his impressive résumé, the 25-year-old has no reason to change his approach.
Kevin Harvick on his wreck with Kyle Larson: "That was just a dumb mistake on my part."
Defending NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. earns his first win of the year with the victory Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.
After what would be their final pit stop for fuel, Kyle Busch leads Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson at Auto Club Speedway. All three are looking for their first win of the season and all have shown significant speed throughout the race.
Martin Truex Jr. has swept the first two stages at Auto Club Speedway. Truex had not won a stage in the first four races of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season. The final stage will be 80 laps on the 2-mile track.
Martin Truex Jr. wins the opening stage at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway. Kyle Busch was second. But the big news: A crash with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson as they battled for position has Harvick three laps down and the team contemplating whether to even continue if it can't get the car better.
Kevin Harvick's quest to win a fourth consecutive NASCAR Cup race took a devastating hit when he crashed while battling Kyle Larson for third on Lap 38 of the 200-lap race at Auto Club Speedway. His team is attempting to fix the car so he can continue but his car suffered significant rear damage.
Will Kevin Harvick make it four consecutive NASCAR Cup victories today? Only one driver – Jimmie Johnson in 2007 – has accomplished that feat since Jeff Gordon did it in 1998. Harvick starts 10th in the Auto Club 400 at California but posted the fastest 10-consecutive-lap speed --- by more than 0.7 mph -- in final practice Saturday.
Justin Gurney, son of Dan Gurney, puts a memorial sticker for his father on the Wood Brothers Racing car of Paul Menard. Dan Gurney, who died in January, won four races driving for the Wood Brothers in the 1960s.
Actor Justin Hartley looks at the car of Martin Truex Jr. prior to the NASCAR Cup race today at Auto Club Speedway in California. Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch are on the front row and they are the two favorites, along with defending race winner Kyle Larson, to snap Kevin Harvick's three-race winning streak.
Comedian and actor Gabriel Jesus Iglesias, known as Fluffy, poses for the camera on the red carpet prior to the NASCAR Cup Series prerace drivers meeting at Auto Club Speedway in California.
If you had in the company pool that a NASCAR Cup race would be the place where Migos would meet the Super Troopers, you would be correct.
Also when near Los Angeles ... Ice Cube here for the race at Auto Club Speedway.
Caitlyn Jenner among the celebrities at the track today for the race at Auto Club Speedway.
A lap around the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., with Toyota driver Daniel Suarez behind the wheel of the pace car. The track is the oldest surface on the NASCAR Cup circuit as it has never gone through a repair since opening in 1997. The seams in the track make it tricky as those and other areas have been sealed and resealed. Take a look:
Kyle Busch posted the best speed in final NASCAR Cup practice Saturday in California. Kevin Harvick, who has won the last three Cup races, had the fastest 10-consecutive-lap speed, followed by defending race winner Kyle Larson, Sunday's race polesitter Martin Truex Jr. and then Busch.
NASCAR will ramp up penalties for teams that fail prequalifying tech and don't make a qualifying lap today in the Xfinity Series, a change that likely will come to the NASCAR Cup Series next week at Martinsville. Those who don't make a qualifying lap because they don't get through inspection will not only start at the rear of the field, they must serve a pass-through penalty -- driving down pit road at pit-road speed -- on the first green-flag lap after the green flag waves.
Because 13 drivers did not take qualifying laps as their cars did not pass prequalifying tech, NASCAR is waiving the rule this weekend that NASCAR Cup cars must start the race on the tires used in qualifying. Those teams that qualified will be allowed to purchase a new set of tires. Those who qualified would have been at a disadvantage because tire falloff is dramatic at Auto Club Speedway, so a car on a set of new tires would be much faster for a few laps than those starting on tires with three laps on them.
Martin Truex Jr. won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Cup race Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in California. Kyle Busch will join him on an all-Toyota front row.
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