Kyle Larson brought home his first win of the year for the Chip Ganassi Racing Target Chevrolet…By Mike Arthur / Photos By Chuck Null – Sports Life magazine

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Updated: March 26, 2017

Kyle Larson brought home his first win of the year for the Chip Ganassi Racing Target Chevrolet. The Auto Club 400 remained relatively incident free until the final 20 laps setting up a wild finish as the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series ended the western portion of it’s season.

The final segment had lots of passing, hitting, and spinning. It started off when Matt Kenseth was spun out by Martin Truex Jr. and hit the inside retaining wall.  Larson had a commanding lead but that was negated when a spin Corey LaJoie with 8 to go caused the bulk of the field to come in to pit.  Denny Hamlin and Truex remained out on the track.

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The next caution happened with four laps to lead.  Ricky Steinhouse Jr. was spun out as Jamie Larson and Hamlin raced for the lead. This time most of the leaders stayed out on the track. On the restart Larson let the rest of the pack race three and four wide as he pulled away again for the final time.

“It seems like every time I get to lead at the end of one of these things the caution comes out and we have got to fight people off on restarts but our Target Chevy was amazing all day.” Said Larson who with the win takes the lead in the NASCAR Monster Energy Series. Larson’s win comes after three second place finishes and has finished no lower than 12th this season.

Brad Keselowski and Clint Boyer rounded out the top 3. Keselowski was involved in an incident almost immediately after the race started. “We were tore all to hell. Gosh it’s unfortunate.” Said Keselowski.

The race was held in cool weather with partly cloudy skies. The race series won’t return to the Pacific Coast until June when they go to the track up in Sonoma, CA