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Larson up to speed quickly with K&N West Sonoma win

By NASCAR Media
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SONOMA, CA - Kyle Larson showed how quickly he has gotten acclimated road-course racing Saturday.<br /> <br /> The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie dominated the Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway to pick up his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory. Larson, who had two wins in the K&N Pro East in 2012 en route to the series title, was running the West event to prepare for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the Toyota-Save Mart 350.<br /> <br /> The Elk Grove, CA driver pulled away from K&N Pro West points leader Greg Pursley on the green-white-checkered restart to win by 3.191 seconds. Larson led all 66 laps on the 1.99-mile road course, ceding the point briefly on lap 51 to Pursley but put the No. 42 Clorox Chevrolet back in the lead before the lap was complete.<br /> <br /> Earlier in the day, Larson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the K&N Pro West race and then qualified third for Sunday's Sprint Cup race.<br /> <br /> Dylan Lupton finished third Saturday, followed by Sprint Cup's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and Brandon McReynolds. Pursley was able to extend his points lead to 21 over Lupton and 32 over McReynolds.<br /> <br /> Lupton and McReynolds are members of the NASCAR Next class, an industry initiative designed to spotlight the sport's rising stars. Larson was in the program during his season in the K&N Pro East.<br /> <br /> Michael Annett, John Borneman III, Jim Inglebright, Tom Klauer and Matt Tifft rounded out the top 10. The race had five cautions for 16 laps.<br /> <br /> The K&N Pro West returns to the ovals with its next race, the inaugural visit to Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho, on Saturday, July 12.<br /> <br /> <strong>NASCAR K&N Pro Series West</strong><br /> <strong> Sonoma Raceway - Sonoma, CA</strong><br /> <strong> Carneros 200 - June 21, 2014</strong><br /> <br /> Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status<br /> 1 1 42 Kyle Larson Clorox Chevrolet 66 48 5 Running<br /> 2 3 26 Greg Pursley GPM/Star Nursery/ Real Water Ford 66 42 Running<br /> 3 4 9 Dylan Lupton Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford 66 41 Running<br /> 4 2 99 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Performance Parts Ford 66 40 Running<br /> 5 6 16 Brandon McReynolds NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 66 39 Running<br /> 6 29 31 Michael Annett TMC/Pilot Chevrolet 66 38 Running<br /> 7 19 8 Johnny Borneman Twisted X Boots Chevrolet 66 37 Running<br /> 8 7 1 Jim Inglebright Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 66 36 Running<br /> 9 21 25 Tom Klauer Pick-N-Pull Chevrolet 66 35 Running<br /> 10 14 41 Matt Tifft Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 66 34 Running<br /> 11 15 13 Todd Souza Central Coast Cabinets Chevrolet 66 33 Running<br /> 12 5 0 Cole Custer NAPA Filters Toyota 66 32 Running<br /> 13 18 86 Tim Spurgeon * Kleen Blast/David's Racing Products Toyota 66 31 Running<br /> 14 13 83 Justin Allgaier Grigg Brothers/Brandt Chevrolet 66 30 Running<br /> 15 24 51 Carlos Vieira 51 FIFTY Energy Drink Chevrolet 66 29 Running<br /> 16 23 2 Brady Flaherty West World Computers Chevrolet 66 28 Running<br /> 17 22 47 Scott Ivie MSI Development Toyota 65 27 Running<br /> 18 25 30 John Wood Holleran's Performance Toyota 64 26 Running<br /> 19 11 5 Thomas Martin MedActive Oral Care / Racers Drive Chevrolet 61 25 Accident<br /> 20 27 84 Rich DeLong III * Country Girl Saloon/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet 61 24 Running<br /> 21 9 17 David Mayhew Steak & Grape/MMI Services Chevrolet 53 23 Engine<br /> 22 8 21 Austin Dillon Golden Gate Meat/RCR Chevrolet 49 22 Electrical<br /> 23 28 14 Anthony Garbarino * Scorpus Racing America Toyota 47 21 Engine<br /> 24 10 6 James Bickford * Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford 45 20 Transmission<br /> 25 17 11 Michael Shawhan * Racers Drive / BTM Motorwerks Chevrolet 42 19 Running<br /> 26 26 15 Jack Sellers MedActive Oral Care Chevrolet 42 18 Accident<br /> 27 16 36 Dave Smith JLM Energy/Baker Energy Team Toyota 34 17 Accident<br /> 28 12 54 Anthony Giannone MGP Connecting Rods/Redline Signs Toyota 23 16 Suspension<br /> 29 20 18 Bill Kann * Interstate Batteries Toyota 18 15 Transmission<br /> <br /> RACE STATISTICS<br /> Fastest Qualifier: Kyle Larson, Time: 77.203 Seconds, Speed: 92.794 mph<br /> Failed to Qualify: (2) Zack Huffman (#38), Austin Cameron (#10).<br /> Time of Race: 2 hrs., 12 mins, 28 secs Average Speed: 59.490 mph Margin of Victory: 3.191 Seconds<br /> Caution Flags: Laps 33-34; 35-39; 47-50; 58-60; 62-63. 5 for 16 laps.<br /> Lap Leaders: Kyle Larson 1-66.<br /> Total Laps Led: Kyle Larson 66. 0 changes involving 1 drivers.<br /> <br /> * Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender
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