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March 17, 2019
Kyle Busch finished in the lead under caution in the first stage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana. Busch was in control for much of the opening 60 laps, but the drivers hit the second stage under a yellow flag after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun out in Turn 2. Kyle Larson appeared to hit the wall while avoiding Stenhouse, and other cars sustained minor damage.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Fontana (all times local):

1:48 p.m.

Kyle Busch finished in the lead under caution in the first stage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana.

Busch was in control for much of the opening 60 laps, but the drivers hit the second stage under a yellow flag after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun out in Turn 2.

Kyle Larson appeared to hit the wall while avoiding Stenhouse, and other cars sustained minor damage. The drivers had just returned to full speed followed another caution after Austin Dillon blew a tire.

Auto Club Speedway had near-ideal weather for the race after a week of high winds east of Los Angeles.

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12:30 p.m.

Kyle Busch is trying to tie Richard Petty’s NASCAR record of 200 victories when he hits the track at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.

Busch earned his 199th career victory across NASCAR’s three major series last week at Phoenix, and the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver is in position to match Petty’s hallowed mark at Fontana.

Busch missed his first chance Saturday when he finished second to Cole Custer in the Xfinity Series race, falling victim to a bad pit stop in a race he had dominated.

Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are still looking for their first wins of the season under NASCAR’s new racing rules package. Jimmie Johnson has won six times at Fontana, but hasn’t won anywhere since mid-2017.

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