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Two for One at Martinsville

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Mother Nature had her way (AGAIN!) with the NASCAR schedule at Martisville. After practice and Cup qualifying were held on Friday, truck qualifying and Cup practices and the Kroger 250 were all scheduled for Saturday. No such luck as intermittent rain showers never gave NASCAR a big enough break to run any events. But it wasn’t until 4:30 PM Saturday afternoon did NASCAR make the call on the Saturday activities. The Kroger 250 would be held after the STP 500.

If you were there early enough on Sunday, you got a little winter mixed in with your breakfast. Snow showers persisted through part of the morning. But by race time, just clouds remained. Even then, skies cleared part way through the race and it was a cold, windy STP win for Kurt Busch.

Later that same day, Matt Crafton brought home the hardware with a victory in the Kroger 250.

Auto Club Speedway

Two Races, Three Winners

Fontana-Victory

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The first winner: Kyle Larson took home his First NASCAR series win in the TreatMyClots.com 300, holding off Kyle Busch.

The second winner: Kyle Busch. Sunday was a bit of role reversal with Busch holding off Sprint Cup rookie during a Green-White-Checker finish during the Auto Club 400.

The third winner – the sellout crowd at Auto Club Speedway. Great racing despite tire problems. It will be interesting to see how things are resolved before next year’s race at Auto Club.

Final results courtesy of MotorSportsOne.com

Finish


Qual.


Driver


Team


Laps


Points


Status


1 14 Kyle Busch 18 Interstate / M&M’s Toyota 206 47 Running
2 11 Kyle Larson 42 Target / Axe Chevrolet 206 42 Running
3 17 Kurt Busch 41 Haas / Monster Energy Chevrolet 206 42 Running
4 1 Matt Kenseth 20 Dollar General / Home Depot Toyota 206 41 Running
5 10 Tony Stewart 14 Rush Truck Centers / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 206 39 Running
6 25 Jamie McMurray   1 McDonald’s / Dr Pepper Chevrolet 206 38 Running
7 19 Brian Vickers 55 Xarelto / Aaron’s Toyota 206 38 Running
8 18 A.J. Allmendinger 47 Charter / Bush’s Best Chevrolet 206 36 Running
9 30 Paul Menard 27 Duracell / Menards Chevrolet 206 35 Running
10 9 Carl Edwards 99 Subway / Fastenal Ford 206 34 Running
11 20 Austin Dillon   3 Cheerios / Dow Chevrolet 206 33 Running
12 15 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 National Guard / Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet 206 32 Running
13 6 Jeff Gordon 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 206 32 Running
14 27 Danica Patrick 10 GoDaddy / Aspen Dental Chevrolet 206 30 Running
15 31 Casey Mears 13 Geico / KMC Wheels Chevrolet 206 29 Running
16 5 Clint Bowyer 15 Peak / iRacing.com Toyota 206 29 Running
17 13 Sam Hornish Jr. 11 FedEx Express Toyota 206 NP Running
18 34 Cole Whitt 26 Swan Energy Toyota 206 26 Running
19 23 Michael Annett   7 Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 206 25 Running
20 16 Ryan Newman 31 Caterpillar / Quicken Loans Chevrolet 206 25 Running
21 36 Reed Sorenson 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 206 24 Running
22 40 Alex Bowman 23 Dr Pepper / Burger King Toyota 206 22 Running
23 12 Martin Truex Jr. 78 Furniture Row / Denver Mattress Chevrolet 206 21 Running
24 3 Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe’s / Kobalt Chevrolet 206 22 Running
25 43 Landon Cassill 40 CRC Brakleen / K&W FiberLock Chevrolet 205 NP Running
26 2 Brad Keselowski   2 Wurth / Alliance Ford 205 19 Running
27 41 David Ragan 34 Taco Bell Ford 205 18 Running
28 28 Justin Allgaier 51 Brandt Chevrolet 205 16 Running
29 33 David Reutimann 35 Morristown Drivers Service Ford 205 16 Running
30 8 Marcos Ambrose   9 DeWalt / Medallion Ford 205 14 Running
31 39 Ryan Truex 83 Borla Exhaust Toyota 205 13 Running
32 42 Joe Nemechek 66 LandCastle Title Toyota 205 NP Running
33 35 Travis Kvapil 32 SK Professional Tools Ford 205 11 Running
34 22 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford EcoBoost Ford 204 10 Running
35 37 Brian Scott 33 Whitetail Chevrolet 204 NP Running
36 4 Kevin Harvick   4 Jimmy John’s / Budweiser Chevrolet 204 8 Running
37 38 Josh Wise 98 Trench Shoring Chevrolet 204 7 Running
38 29 David Gilliland 38 Love’s Ford 202 7 Running
39 7 Joey Logano 22 Auto Club Ford 195 5 Running
40 24 Greg Biffle 16 3M Aerospace Ford 193 4 Running
41 26 Kasey Kahne   5 Time Warner Cable / Farmers Chevrolet 180 3 Running
42 32 Parker Kligerman 30 Swan Energy Toyota 85 2 Accident
43 21 Aric Almirola 43 Farmland Ford 68 1 Accident
Time of race : 3h 05m 53s
Average speed : 132.987 mph
Margin of victory : 0.214 second
Caution flags : 9 for 42 laps
Lead changes : 35 among 15 drivers
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