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Kyle Larson started from pole and held off the two strongest road-course drivers in NASCAR Cup Series racing to win his second race in a row and third of the season. The win was Larson's first at Sonoma Raceway despite him starting in the top five at the track in all seven starts. The dominant performance was also the second race in a row in which Larson swept stage victories and won the race. Road-course masters Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top three and could only look at Larson's rear bumper as he drove away in each of the final restarts. Larson is at the top of his game and heads to this week's All-Star Race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway as the hottest driver on the circuit.
This week, will be the first time Texas has hosted the All-Star event and will feature a six-round format with the winner taking home the million-dollar prize. Only green-flag laps will count, and several of the six segments will feature field inversion. The annual exhibition race will take in a Wild West type of atmosphere for NASCAR's third visit to a track other than Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson – Larson won the opening stage of Sunday's race at Sonoma in the best opening to a race at the track in his seven tries. He then went on to dominate the rest of the race, sweeping stage victories and winning the race for the second week in