Larson stays red hot with Auto Club 400 win


Kyle Larson finally pulled through for an overtime victory at the Auto Club 400 in NASCAR action on Sunday.

The runner-up for three races running, NASCAR's hottest driver dominated the field by leading 110 of 202 laps and overcoming a flurry of late cautions to capture the second win of his young career and his first this season.

Larson edged out veterans Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer in the top three at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Larson, the race's pole winner, was cruising through stage one but saved his best for the stretch run.

The number 42 team were running in first place when they decided to pit with seven laps remaining, falling to fourth on the restart.

Larson made quick work of the field with four fresh tires to pass Denny Hamlin and reclaim top spot with four laps to go. He held on with ease, in spite of a late Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spin-out that forced the race into overtime.

Larson, named the NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2014, had one win to his name, a victory last season at Michigan, the sister track to Auto Club Speedway. 

He became the third driver in history to win at Fontana starting from the front row. He also won Saturday's Xfinity Series race.