Kyle Busch won Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway edging out Kyle Larson following a green-white checked..
The driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry crossed the start finish line ahead of Larson and Kurt Busch to claim the win in the Auto Club 400. Busch led five of 206 laps around the 2-mile low banked d-shaped oval.
Matt Kenseth began the race on the pole but quickly Brad Keselowski jumped out to the front of the field. Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart both would experience early tire problems while Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer were victims of a NASCAR error that showed pit road was closed, when it should have been opened. Gordon and Bowyer would fall to the back of the field after they pitted after everyone, while Keselowski fell there when he opted to stay out.
Jimmie Johnson seized the advantage with all of this happening but it was not long before Gordon got back to the front of the field. It was short lived as Kenseth and then Johnson took the lead as a series of tire problems struck the field. Johnson led the race until losing a left front tire with seven laps to go giving way to Gordon.
With three laps to go Clint Bowyer spun out while losing a tire setting up a green-white checkered. That set up a green-white checkered that saw Busch jump from fifth to first in two laps holding off rookie Kyle Larson.
Busch joins Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards as drivers who have won a race this year.