Lar­son per­se­veres through four late restarts to win at Fon­tana; Truex fin­ishes fourth.

Fur­ni­ture Row’s Truex is fourth, and Jones fin­ishes 12th

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Greg Beacham

fon­tana, calif.» A blis­ter­ing first in qual­i­fy­ing. A sur­pris­ing first in the Xfin­ity Se­ries race.

And a steady, tena­cious first when it re­ally mat­tered on Sun­day.

Kyle Lar­son was sec­ond to no­body in his home state.

Lar­son per­se­vered through four late restarts to win at Fon­tana, adding his sec­ond ca­reer vic­tory to his over­all Mon­ster En­ergy NASCAR Cup se­ries points lead.

“Fun to be Kyle Lar­son right now,” Lar­son said with a grin. “Our race cars are re­ally fast in Xfin­ity and Cup, so it’s a blast to show up to the race track.”

Lar­son fin­ished sec­ond in each of the last three races, but the Sacra­mento-area na­tive’s Chip Ganassi Racing Chevro­let was the class of the field at Auto Club Speed­way all week­end long.

He claimed the sec­ond pole of his ca­reer Fri­day, and he also won the Xfin­ity race Satur­day in a re­sult that sur­prised him much more than his Cup tri­umph. The 24-year-old prodigy be­came just the fourth driver to sweep a race week­end at Fon­tana.

Fur­ni­ture Row Racing’s Mar­tin Truex Jr. led four times for 73 laps and fin­ished sec­ond and first in the open­ing two seg­ments.

He fin­ished fourth over­all and earned 19 ad­di­tional stand­ing points, in­clud­ing one play­off point for the sec­ond seg­ment win.

“We were right there all day long,” Truex said. “I felt like the 42 (Kyle Lar­son) had ev­ery­body cov­ered. It was just a mat­ter of who got out front and got clean air. To­wards the end we had a lit­tle trou­ble in the pits and on another stop we didn’t take tires, ev­ery­body else did and we were at a big dis­ad­van­tage those last cou­ple restarts.”

Team­mate Erik Jones was a top­five per­former un­til be­ing pe­nal­ized for a pit-road tire vi­o­la­tion with only a few laps to go. He ended in 12th.

“We were fast, we just don’t com­plete the races that well so we have to go to work and get a lit­tle bit bet­ter and fig­ure out how we ran all day,” Jones said.

Brian Law­der­milk, Getty Images

Kyle Lar­son cel­e­brates in Vic­tory Lane af­ter win­ning the Auto Club 400 on Sun­day in Fon­tana, Calif. “Fun to be Kyle Lar­son right now,” he said with a smile.

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