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Kyle Busch wins NASCAR race in Fontana in overtime finish

March 23, 2014|By Jim Peltz
  • NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, in the No. 18 Toyota on the outside, leads the field during the Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 on Sunday in Fontana.
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, in the No. 18 Toyota on the outside, leads the field… (Robert Laberge / Getty Images )

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Fontana for the second consecutive year in a two-lap overtime finish Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.

Kyle Larson, the 21-year-old who won NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series race on Saturday in Fontana, finished second.

"What an awesome race this race track produced for two days in a row," Busch said of the two-mile Fontana oval.

Busch drives the No. 18 Toyota and it was Toyota's first Sprint Cup Series victory of the season. Busch also became the fifth different winner in five races this year.

Busch's older brother Kurt finished third, Matt Kenseth was fourth and Tony Stewart was fifth.

The race was marked by tire problems for several drivers, most notably reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson, who has won a record five times at Auto Club Speedway, was leading again with only seven laps left in the 200-lap race when one of the left-side tires blew out on his No. 48 Chevrolet.

Clint Bowyer and Marcos Ambrose also had tire problems, which triggered a caution period that set up the two-lap "green-white-checkered" overtime finish.

Bowyer finished 16th, Johnson was 24th and Ambrose 30th.


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