The NASCAR XFINITY Series completed the three-race west coast swing on Saturday afternoon at the 2.0-mile Auto Club Speedway (ACS). 2014 ACS XFINITY Series winner Kyle Larson wheeled the No. 42 ENEOS Chevy for the 200-lap race to an eighth-place result, his second top-10 of the 2016 season.
Larson started fourth and quickly began racing his way to the front. Larson took the race lead for the first time on lap 14 and later regained it again on lap 35. Running in the top-five for most of the day, misfortune struck the California native on lap 97 when he had a flat left front tire. Once returning the track, Larson took a waive-around under a later caution and fought his way to an eighth-place finish.
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Results (with starting position) from the Treatmyclot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA
P1 – (6) Austin Dillon, No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro
P2 – (1) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota
P3 – (13) Darrell Wallace Jr., No. 6 Ford
P8 – (4) Kyle Larson, No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro
NOTES OF INTEREST:
- This was Larson’s fourth XFINITY Series start at ACS
- Larson led twice for five laps –his first laps led in 2016
- Larson blew a left front tire on Lap 97 which forced an unscheduled pit stop
- This was Larson’s fourth top-10 finish in four starts at ACS
- The race was slowed by four cautions for 16 laps
- The race saw 12 lead changes among eight drivers
“The ENEOS Chevy was really good, and had we not blown a tire and lost some positions, I think we would have been up front at the end competing for the win. We started out on the tight side, and had to skip taking tires on one of the earlier stops, which cost us some track position, but my crew did a good job adjusting on the car throughout the race and had it running well just before the left front blew. Coming to the end of the race with so many cars running out of fuel, I was hoping we could make it back towards the leader and grab a win, but we just ran out of laps.”
Kyle Larson, No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro
Kyle Larson next races in the ENEOS No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro on April 8th at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
|Feb 20||Powershares 300
|Daytona International Speedway||Daytona Beach, FL||34th|
|Feb 27||Heads Up Georgia 250
|Atlanta Motor Speedway||Hampton, GA||2nd|
|Mar 19||Treatmyclot.com 300||Auto Club Speedway||Fontana, CA||8th|
|Apr 8||O’Reilly Auto Parts 300||Texas Motor Speedway||Ft Worth, TX|
|May 28||Hisense 300||Charlotte Motor Speedway||Charlotte, NC|
|Aug 20||Food City 300||Bristol Motor Speedway||Bristol, TN|
|Sep 3||Help a Hero 200||Darlington Raceway||Darlington, SC|
|Sep 17||NASCAR XFINITY Series Chicagoland Race||Chicagoland Speedway||Joliet, IL|
|Nov 19||Ford Ecoboost 300||Homestead-Miami Speedway||Homestead, FL|
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two Supercars in Red Bull Global Rallycross. Overall his teams have 18 championships and 170 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and six Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.