Kyle Larson won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, holding off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish at Auto Club Speedway.
The 21-year-old Larson, who is from Elk Grove, became the first California native to win a Nationwide race at the 2-mile oval, surviving a battle in the final laps of the Treatmyclot.com 300 that had fans on their feet.
“It’s been over a year now since I’ve been close to winning, I finally got it done and it means a lot to have done it here in California,” Larson said in Victory Lane.
The top three of Larson, Harvick and Kyle Busch had a close battle during the closing laps. Busch brushed the wall with six laps remaining before giving way to Harvick for second place.
Kyle Busch and Rick Hendrick were among those congratulating Larson in Victory Lane.
Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler, Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth, Ty Dillon, Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith completed the top 10.
Regan Smith leaves Fontana tied with Trevor Bayne for the Nationwide Series point lead and Ty Dillon third.
Next up on the 2014 Nationwide schedule is Texas Motor Speedway on April 4th.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Results, Auto Club Speedway
1. Kyle Larson
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Kyle Busch
4. Joey Logano
5. Elliott Sadler
6. Chase Elliott
7. Matt Kenseth
8. Ty Dillon
9. Trevor Bayne