FONTANA, Calif. We’ve seen this show before, but not in the Sprint Cup Series.
After a late-race restart and two-lap overtime, Kyle Busch held off rookie Kyle Larson to win Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Saturday, Larson earned his first Nationwide Series victory of his career by holding off Busch, the all-time wins leader in that series.
Busch has now all-but clinched a spot in this season’s championship Chase.
Kurt Busch finished third, Matt Kenseth was fourth and Tony Stewart was fifth.
Brad Keselowski took early command of the race, leading 19 of the first 20 laps.
Kevin Harvick had a tire go down and dropped debris on the track on Lap 19 to bring out the first caution of the race. During a round of green-flag pit stops, Gordon was penalized for speeding on pit road.
On the restart on Lap 24, Keselowski remained in the lead followed by Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. slapped the wall after a tire went down on Lap 43. After a round of pit stops, Johnson took over the lead, followed by Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch.
Stewart spun by himself on Lap 57 to bring out the third caution of the race. On the restart on Lap 61, Johnson continued to lead the way followed by Keselowski and Vickers.
Aric Almirola and Brian Scott wrecked on Lap 70 to bring out another caution. Ryan Newman elected not to pit and took over the lead on the restart on Lap 75. He was followed by Kenseth and Vickers.
Johnson made his way back to the lead on Lap 84.
On Lap 86, Parker Kligerman wrecked to bring out a caution on 87. Johnson remained in the lead on the restart on Lap 91.
At the halfway mark, Johnson led followed by Jeff Gordon and Kenseth.
Gordon made his way to the lead on Lap 106 just before Earnhardt returned to pit road with another flat tire.
Carl Edwards spun on his own on Lap 118 to bring out the sixth caution of the race. On the restart on Lap 123, Kenseth took over the race lead followed by Johnson.
By Lap 128, Johnson had grabbed the lead again.
Harvick was forced to pit on Lap 139 for another flat tire.
Debris in Turn 3 brought out the caution on Lap 142. On the restart on Lap 149, Johnson led the way, followed by Kenseth and Gordon.
David Gilliland and Josh Wise wrecked on Lap 169 to bring out the eighth caution of the race. During the round of pit stops, Austin Dillon was penalized for speeding on pit road. On the restart on Lap 174, Johnson continued to lead followed by Gordon and Kenseth.
With less than 20 laps remaining, Gordon had moved into second place behind Johnson.
A rash of cars with flat tires erupted in the final laps with a spin by Clint Bowyer bringing out a caution on Lap 199 and setting up green-white-checkered restart. Landon Cassill remained on the track and took over the lead followed by Kurt Busch and Paul Menard.
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