Coming back from deep in the pack, 24-year old Kyle Larson, took the NASCAR Xfinity Service King 300 race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana Saturday.
Larson sees this as a boost for his NASCAR Monster Energy Auto Club 400 race Sunday. He won the pole and will lead the race with a lap time of 187.040.
A crowd of over 100,000 is expected. The speedway is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Larson and second place finisher Joey Logano had issues during the race with speeding violations on pit road. That sent them both back in the field with penalties and a lot of extra work to get back to the front.
In the end, on a late race restart, Larson got the jump on the field and never looked back.
Larson is from Elk Grove near Sacramento and has had good success at the California track. This was his first Xfinity race win of the year.
After the race Larson said while it was good track experience and a “refresher”, the car he drives Sunday is totally different when it comes to power and handling. He specifically described how he could recover from hits on the wall in the Xfinity race but not as easily in the Monster Energy race.
The race will be live on KKFX Fox 11 for the Central Coast at 12:30 p.m.