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Kyle Larson Wins Carneros 200

Kyle Larson Wins Carneros 200

by June 23, 2014 0 comments

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SONOMA, Calif. — Using the race as practice for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series event, Kyle Larson dominated the Carneros 200 at the Sonoma Raceway by leading flag-to-flag to claim his first ever K&N Pro Series West win.

The driver of the No. 42 Clorox Impala put on an absolute clinic across all 66 laps of racing. All-in-all, not bad for a driver who has never raced a lap at the Sonoma Raceway or in the K&N West Series before.

“The race was so long and you have to run on one set of tires,” Larson said. “I spent three quarters of the race just riding and trying to save my tires just in case we got lots of restarts like we did there at the end. I think I had more tires than [Greg] Pursley because he got by me that one time and I could see he was really loose and I was able to get back by. He was really strong on those restarts, he had me nervous.”

“Starting off the race, I didn’t really know which line to choose. I couldn’t remember from the videos I watched what lane the leaders would choose, so I chose the left lane for the first three or four starts and I felt like Ricky [Stenhouse Jr.] being on my right side would always stay with me and then Pursley got me that one time so I switched it up and moved over to the right lane. I thought that was the right choice and the key choice to winning the race. Hats off to my team for putting that car together, that Clorox car was really really good. I think the last time they ran that car Dylan Kwasniewski won with it at Road Atlanta. I don’t know if they ran it before [that] but so far it’s two-for-two I guess.”

Larson was one of five Sprint Cup Series regulars entered for the race to gain experience for the Cup Series’ Toyota/Save Mart 350k. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. would finish fourth in the race while Michael Annett would bring his Impala home in sixth. Justin Allgaier would finish in 14th while Austin Dillon would retire after completing 49 laps with electrical issues.

Outside of the Cup Series drivers, Greg Pursley and David Mayhew would wage a hard-fought battle during the race with the points lead on the line. The two drivers would go back and forth throughout the entire race but it was Pursley who would prevail amongst the two and finish second. Mayhew’s engine would expire after completing 53 laps, relegating the driver of the No. 17 MMI Services Impala to a 21st-place finish.

Pursley will now take a 21-point lead over Dylan Lupton to the State Line Speedway where the series will next race at on July 12th. Mayhew’s technical issues dropped him to fourth in the standings – 37 points out of the lead.

Top-10 Finishers of the Carneros 200

  1. 42 – Kyle Larson – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports
  2. 26 – Greg Pursley – Ford – Gene Price Motorsports
  3. 9 – Dylan Lupton – Ford – Sunrise Ford Racing
  4. 99 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Ford – BMR Racing
  5. 16 – Brandon McReynolds – Toyota – CURB Racing
  6. 31 – Michael Annett – Chevrolet – Steve Portenga
  7. 8 – Johnny Borneman III – Chevrolet – Bill Hall
  8. 1 – Jim Inglebright – Chevrolet – Valerie Inglebright
  9. 25 – Tom Klauer – Chevrolet – Mike Naake
  10. 41 – Matt Tifft – Chevrolet – Robert Dixon

Top-10 in the Drivers’ Standings after Round 6 of 14

  1. Greg Pursley – 258 | Leader
  2. Dylan Lupton – 237 | -21
  3. Brandon McReynolds – 226 | -32
  4. David Mayhew – 221 | -37
  5. Thomas Martin – 190 | -68
  6. Giles Thornton – 186 | -72
  7. James Bickford – 180 | -78
  8. John Wood – 172 | -86
  9. Anthony Giannone – 169 | -89
  10. Rich DeLong III – 162 | -96
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