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2014 Fontana (California): Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 23, 2014 - 08:50 PM
2014 Fontana (California): Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap

After earning his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race in his Chevrolet Camaro on Saturday, California native Kyle Larson piloted his No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS, to a second-place finish in the fifth race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Auto Club Speedway. The Rookie of the Year contender made a daring move on the final green-white-checkered restart to battle with race winner Kyle Busch (Toyota). Larson ultimately finished the 206-lap race in the runner-up spot.

Larson’s valiant move was a spectacular way to end a race that was primarily dominated by Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s "Spring is Calling" Chevrolet SS and Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS. Johnson led a race high 104 laps before being stricken with a flat tire with only a handful of laps remaining. He handed the lead to Gordon, who battled through the field twice due to two pit road incidents.

Gordon had a very fast Chevy SS too, and led four times for a total of 23 laps. When the final caution flag came out on lap 199 of 200 it set-up a green-white-checkered finish. Due to the plaguing tire issues, Gordon and the No. 24 Chevy team took four fresh tires; but didn’t get a strong restart and settled for a disappointing 13th place finish.

At the checkered, Kurt Busch was third in his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, which was his best finish of the 2014 season to-date.

Busch’s Stewart-Haas racing teammate and team co-owner Tony Stewart, No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS earned his second consecutive top-five finish coming home fifth. Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS also recorded his best finish so far this season finishing sixth. AJ Allmendinger, No. 47 Charter Chevrolet SS, scored his first top 10 finish of 2014 ending the day at Auto Club Speedway in the eighth position while new father Paul Menard, No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet SS finished ninth.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, overcame two tire issues to earn a 12th-place finish and Danica Patrick, No. 10 GoDaddy/Get Found Chevrolet SS ended the day in the 14th position, which was her best finish thus far in 2014.

Kyle Busch (Toytoa) was the race winner and Matt Kenseth (Toyota) was fourth to round out the top-five.

The series travels to Martinsville Speedway on Sunday March 30th.


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