Kyle Larson scores first win with Hendrick Motorsports at Las Vegas


Kyle Larson is back in Victory Lane in the NASCAR Cup Series.

In his fourth start with Hendrick Motorsports, Larson led a race-high 103 of 267 laps on his way to winning Sunday’s Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It’s the second consecutive win for HMS, counting William Byron’s triumph last week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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“It was such an awesome race car,” Larson told Fox Sports after the race. “(Crew chief) Cliff (Daniels) and everybody did a great job preparing this piece. It was so much fun to drive. I could go wherever I wanted to. I knew I had a really good car once we got single-filed out; drafting early in the run was tough.

“Thank you so much, (Rick Hendrick), Jeff Gordon, everybody at Hendrick Motorsports for the amazing opportunity I’ve been gifted. … This is definitely special.”

The win – Larson’s first since October 2019 at Dover International Speedway – marks a key point in his return to NASCAR.

Last April, he was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing and indefinitely suspended by NASCAR following his use of a racial slur in an e-sports event.

He missed the final 32 races of the 2020 Cup season as a result. But that October, Hendrick Motorsports announced Larson would join the organization and drive the No. 5 entry.  NASCAR’s suspension ended January 1.

Since the events of last year, Larson has strived to learn and reach out on diversity issues.

He has hired a diversity coach and continues to work with organizations such as the Philadelphia-based Urban Youth Racing School and the Sanneh Foundation, which supports low-income urban and immigrant youth populations in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. He recently launched the Kyle Larson Foundation. Its goal is to benefit youth, families and communities in need of support.

Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney completed the top five finishers on Sunday.

Keselowski told Fox Sports he was happy for Larson.

“I know he’s been through a lot over the last year,” Keselowski said. “He’s a good kid. I’ve known him for a little while, he’s got a good family, and I’m just happy to see him bounce back.”

Racing legend Mario Andretti also reacted to Larson’s win on social media:

STAGE 1 WINNER: Brad Keselowski

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Larson

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: A non-factor last week in Miami, Christopher Bell – already in the playoffs with a win on the Daytona road course – rebounded for a seventh-place finish. … Erik Jones finished 10th to pick up his first top 10 result with Richard Petty Motorsports.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: A power steering issue cost Bubba Wallace multiple laps early on and relegated him to a 28th-place finish. … Aric Almirola (finished 38th) suffered a left-front tire failure and crashed out on Lap 179. He’s now had three finishes of 30th or worse in the first four races this season.

NOTABLE: The Stage 2 winner has now won six of the past eight Las Vegas Cup races. Chase Elliott won Stage 2 in both of last year’s races, but lost out in the end to Joey Logano and Kurt Busch.

NEXT: The Cup Series returns to action Sunday, March 14 at Phoenix Raceway. Joey Logano won last spring at Phoenix. It was the last race run before NASCAR paused competition for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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MORE: Driver points after WWT Raceway

Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.