NASCAR results at Fontana: Martin Truex Jr. sweeps stages and wins first race of 2018

Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. (Getty Photographs)

Martin Truex Jr., the defending Monster Power NASCAR Cup champion who dominated the 2017 season, earned his first victory of 2018 Sunday at Auto Membership Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Truex, who began on the pole, ran up entrance all through the afternoon, profitable the first two stages earlier than scoring the race win, his sixteenth profession victory.

The deciding second within the face got here with 37 laps remaining, when the leaders all pitted. Kyle Busch gained the dash off pit street forward of Truex, however an issue instantly surfaced. Busch’s crew radioed to say that they had adjusted the wedge the mistaken approach on the cease. 5 laps later, Busch’s unfastened automotive bobbled and Truex sped into the lead for good.

“We by no means gave up on it,” Truex informed Fox Sports activities. “I knew we had a very good race automotive. … As soon as we acquired in clear air this factor was unbelievable.”

“It is simply unbelievable to have the ability to do that for a dwelling.”

Kevin Harvick, who gained the earlier three races and was favored to win a fourth straight within the Auto Membership four hundred, crashed early within the first stage after operating into Kyle Larson’s automotive. Though Harvick’s crew made repairs, he returned a number of laps down and completed thirty fifth.

“I went right down to aspect draft, he was arising and we touched,” Harvick stated. “I feel that is my fault for coming down the race monitor … I used to be making an attempt to get slightly an excessive amount of proper there.”

Larson overcame that early incident with Harvick to complete second. Kyle Busch crossed the road third, adopted by Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

NASCAR results from Auto Membership four hundred at Fontana

1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Larson
three. Kyle Busch
four. Brad Keselowski
5. Joey Logano
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Erik Jones
eight. Ryan Blaney
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Austin Dillon
eleven. Clint Bowyer
12. Aric Almirola
thirteen. Alex Bowman
14. Kurt Busch
15. William Byron
sixteen. Chase Elliott
17. Jamie McMurray
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
19. Paul Menard
20. Darrell Wallace
21. Ryan Newman
22. AJ Allmendinger
23. Daniel Suarez
24. Kasey Kahne
25. David Ragan
26. Michael McDowell
27. Ty Dillon
28. Cole Whitt
29. Ross Chastain
30. Chris Buescher
31. Matt DiBenedetto
32. Grey Gaulding
33. Timmy Hill
34. Reed Sorenson
35. Kevin Harvick
36. Jeffrey Earnhardt
37. Trevor Bayne