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NASCAR In Sin City This Weekend

NASCAR leaves an eventful Fontana, California race at the Auto Club Speedway for Sin City this weekend headlined by the Penzoil 400 from Las Vegas Motorspeedway.


Kyle Larson's first win of his championship campaign came at the spring race in Vegas last year. Larson passed Daniel Suarez with two laps to go and held off a challenge by Austin Dillon to win by 0.195 seconds at Fontana, California. Larson’s victory was his 11th in the last 35 Cup Series races. He won despite starting at the rear of the field after unapproved adjustments to his Camaro and a late dust up with teammate Chase Elliot.


Tyler Reddick won the first two stages at Fontana and led 90 laps before crashing with a a flat tire. After two races, Aric Almirola is the only driver with a pair of top 10 finishes. The race featured 32 lead changes among nine drivers in the second race for the Next Gen car.


The cup cars practice at 12:30 pm Saturday afternoon with qualifying at 1:05 pm and race time is 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon. 


The XFinity series practices tonight at 5:30 pm and qualifying is at 6 pm. A.J. Allmendinger won after starting 10th last year in the spring race at Vegas.


Cole Custer outran Noah Gragson in the third overtime to win for the second time in his career at Fontana, California. Allmendinger leads Gragson by one point and Justin Allgaier by three points through two races. They are among six drivers with two top-10 runs. Gragson is the only driver with two top-five finishes. Defending series champion Daniel Hemric is ninth in the standings.


Race time is 3:30 pm Saturday afternoon. 


The Gander Mountain Truck Series returns this week with a 3:30 pm practice time and qualfying at 4 pm. 


John Hunter Nemechek won after starting third last year in the Vegas spring race. Zane Smith won at Daytona in overtime after a 17-car pileup on the final lap. Smith was the championship runner-up to Ben Rhodes last season. Rhodes is second in points after one race. 


Former NHRA racer Tanner Gray finished fourth in the season-opener at Daytona and is fourth in the standings.


Race time is 8 pm tonight. 

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