NASCAR Cup Series: 2018 Auto Club 400 at Fontana results

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 17: Martin Truex Jr., current leader of the NASCAR Cup Series stage points (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - MARCH 17: Martin Truex Jr., current leader of the NASCAR Cup Series stage points (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) /

Martin Truex Jr. took his first victory of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Martin Truex Jr. started from the pole position in his #78 Toyota for Furniture Row Racing in the 2018 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and he dominated the race en route to his first victory of the NASCAR Cup Series season as the reigning champion of the sport.

Truex Jr.’s first victory of the season in its fifth race was also Furniture Row Racing’s first victory of the season. It was also the first win of the season for a Toyota driver after Austin Dillon opened up the season by winning the Daytona 500 in his Chevrolet and Kevin Harvick won the next three races in his Ford.

The 200-lap race around the four-turn, 2.0-mile oval was dominated by Truex Jr., as he led 125 laps and won both stages en route to claiming the victory. The race did, however, still featured 16 lead changes among seven different drivers.

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Aside of Truex Jr., six drivers led at least one lap throughout the race. Kyle Busch led 62 laps, Joey Logano led nine laps, Denny Hamlin led one lap, William Byron led one lap, Jamie McMurray led one lap, and Kasey Kahne led one lap.

Kevin Harvick, who was chasing his fourth straight Cup Series victory, made contact with Kyle Larson early in the race, sending the former into the wall and damaging his car. He would never recover and would go on to finish the race in 35th place.

Larson, meanwhile, was pursuing his fifth consecutive win on 2.0-mile oval tracks dating back to the August Michigan race in the 2016 season. He ended up being the top Chevrolet finisher in the race in 2nd place. The top Ford finisher in the race was Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski in 4th place in his #2 Ford.

Here are the full race results from the 2018 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

RankDriverCar, Team, Manufacturer
1Martin Truex Jr.#78, Furniture Row Racing, Toyota
2Kyle Larson#42, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet
3Kyle Busch#18, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
4Brad Keselowski#2, Team Penske, Ford
5Joey Logano#22, Team Penske, Ford
6Denny Hamlin#11, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
7Erik Jones#20, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
8Ryan Blaney#12, Team Penske, Ford
9Jimmie Johnson#48, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
10Austin Dillon#3, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet
11Clint Bowyer#14, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
12Aric Almirola#10, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
13Alex Bowman#88, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
14Kurt Busch#41, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
15William Byron#24, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
16Chase Elliott#9, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
17Jamie McMurray#1, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet
18Ricky Stenhouse Jr.#17, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford
19Paul Menard#21, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford
20Darrell Wallace Jr.#43, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet
21Ryan Newman#31, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet
22A.J. Allmendinger#47, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet
23Daniel Suarez#19, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
24Kasey Kahne#95, Leavine Family Racing, Chevrolet
25David Ragan#38, Front Row Motorsports, Ford
26Michael McDowell#34, Front Row Motorsports, Ford
27Ty Dillon#13, Germain Racing, Chevrolet
28Cole Whitt#72, TriStar Motorsports, Chevrolet
29Ross Chastain#15, Premium Motorsports, Chevrolet
30Chris Buescher#37, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet
31Matt DiBenedetto#32, Go Fas Racing, Ford
32Gray Gaulding#23, BK Racing, Toyota
33Timmy Hill#51, Rick Ware Racing, Chevrolet
34Reed Sorenson#55, Premium Motorsports, Chevrolet
35Kevin Harvick#4, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
36Jeffrey Earnhardt#00, StarCom Racing, Chevrolet
37Trevor Bayne#6, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford

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