NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Kyle Larson was moonlighting in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Sonoma Raceway to gain track time at the road course he has never been to before. After winning the pole for the Carneros 200 Saturday morning then qualifying third in his Sprint Cup car Larson took the checkered flag for his first K&N Pro Series West win in his first race.
Larson is a two-time winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Both of those came in his championship season back in 2012.
Saturday Larson pulled away in a green-white-checkered finish that pushed the race to 66 total laps. He won by a margin of 3.191 seconds over West Series points leader Greg Pursley. Larson also led every lap of the race.
Dylan Lupton finished third with Sprint Cup Series regular Ricky Stenhouse Jr in fourth and Brandon McReynolds in fifth. Sprint Cup Series rookie Michael Annett finished in sixth with John Borneman III seventh, Jim Inglebright eighth, Tom Klauer ninth, and Matt Tifft rounded out the top 10.
Also on the lead lap were Todd Souza in 11th, Cole Custer 12th, Tim Spurgeon 13th, Sprint Cup Series rookie Justin Allgaier 14th, Carlos Vieira 15th, and Brady Flaherty 16th.
David Mayhew, who entered the day second in points, finished 21st after completing only 53 laps due to an engine failure. Sprint Cup Series rookie Austin Dillon was 22nd after only completing 49 laps due to electrical issues. There were 29 cars in the race. There were five cautions for 16 total laps.
The Carneros 200 will air on July 4th at 2 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. The next race on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule is the inaugural visit to Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho on July 12th.Tags: Austin Dillon, Brandon McReynolds, Cole Custer, David Mayhew, Dylan Lupton, Greg Pursley, Justin Allgaier, K&N Pro Series West, Kyle Larson, Matt Tifft, Michael Annett, Motorsports, NASCAR, ricky stenhouse jr, Sonoma Raceway