ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Kyle Larson picked up his first NASCAR national series win Sunday by holding off Joey Logano on the final restart of the Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway.
Logano was closing in on Larson when a collision between Timothy Peters and Ryan Sieg brought out the caution with two laps remaining.
“I was definitely worried and I could see him getting closer and closer in the mirror and was hoping we could get to the line, and we got that yellow with just a couple to go,” Larson said.
Logano had fresher tires and Larson was thought to be a sitting duck for the green-white-checkered restart.
Instead, Logano misjudged Larson’s start and Larson drove away to the win after leading 187 laps.
“I’m usually not the best on restarts, so I was surprised I got that good of a start,” said Larson, who won in a truck for Turner Scott Motorsports with an Autism Speaks paint scheme in honor of crew chief Trent Owens’ son, Gray.
“I wish Gray was here with us to hang out and have fun. I’m pretty happy. This is very special. I just want to thank all the fans for coming out and watching this, and I hope all the fans watching at home enjoyed it, too.”
Brendan Gaughan was third and was followed by Johnny Sauter, and Chase Elliott.
FORMULA ONE: In Shanghai, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso won the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, claiming his and the team’s first win since last year’s race in Germany.
Alonso took the lead for good with 13 laps to go and won by 10 seconds over Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen, with pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, of Mercedes, finishing third, just two tenths of a second ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel retains the championship lead, now just three points ahead of Raikkonen, with Alonso moving into third, ahead of Hamilton.
In a race dominated by tire strategy, the front three runners all used their strong early pace on the softer tire to establish an early advantage and all pitted inside six laps.
While the likes of Vettel, McLaren’s Jenson Button and Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg – who all started on the harder tire – profited initially by moving to the front of the field, the early leaders used fresher rubber to reclaim the advantage and fought out the latter half of the race.
Button finished fifth ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo put in a strong performance for a career-best seventh place, finishing ahead of Force India’s Paul di Resta, Lotus’ Romain Grosjean and Hulkenberg.
RALLY CAR: In Almodovar, Portugal, Sebastien Ogier extended his lead in the World Rally championship by winning the Rally of Portugal.
The French driver steered his Volkswagen Polo through the final four stages in the Algarve to finish 58.2 seconds ahead Mikko Hirvonen in second.
Ogier’s teammate Jar-Matti Latvala came in third, more than 4 minutes off the pace.
It was Ogier’s third victory in the first four races of the 13-event season.