• Kyle Larson extends points lead after California win
    NASCAR Talk

    Kyle Larson extends points lead after California win

    Kyle Larson padded his points lead Sunday after winning the opening stage, finishing second in the second stage and then winning the NASCAR Cup race at Auto Club Speedway. Larson has a 29-point lead on Chase Elliott heading to next Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. is 38 points behind Larson, Brad Keselowski is 64 points behind Larson and Joey Logano is 69 points behind Larson. Larson scored 59 of a maximum 60 points Sunday.

  • Jimmie Johnson can't quite pull off another comeback
    Los Angeles Times

    Jimmie Johnson can't quite pull off another comeback

    This time there would not be another hard-charging comeback by Jimmie Johnson. Johnson, the record six-time winner at Auto Club Speedway and defending winner of the Auto Club 400, had to start near the rear of the 39-car field Sunday after he failed to qualify because he crashed his practice car. Johnson climbed back to about mid-field but not much higher in his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He finished 21st. And on Lap 155, he found himself spun around in his pit stall and facing the pit wall after swerving to avoid hitting Martin Truex’s Toyota during a pit stop. “We definitely didn’t have the fastest car out there today,” said Johnson, who won his seventh championship in the Monster

  • COLUMN: NASCAR off to a fast start, but ratings still sink
    The Associated Press

    COLUMN: NASCAR off to a fast start, but ratings still sink

    Bad news first: The overnight television ratings for NASCAR's race in California were down. The ratings were down for Phoenix, Las Vegas and Atlanta, too. Basically, nothing NASCAR does can stop this slide, it seems.