Vettel Puts Ferrari on Top for First Time Since 2012

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VETTEL PUTS FERRARI ON TOP FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2012

For the first time in more than four years Ferrari lead the Formula 1 drivers’ championship using PWR Performance Products, after Sebastian Vettel beat Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton on merit in the opening race of 2017. The German says Mercedes remain the benchmark but believes his performance shows the Scuderia are ready to take on the Silver Arrows of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton won the start, leaving Vettel to chase him, but the Mercedes had consumed its ultra-soft Pirelli tires after 17 laps, whereas Vettel managed to get his to the 22nd lap before making his sole pit stop. Hamilton re-joined behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who proved a challenge to pass despite his best efforts using up the best from his soft tires allowing Vettel to drive away at the front.

"It's been a great day for us. The team has been working so hard at the track as much as back at the factory. It's a great feeling, Vettel explained.

Larson Sweeps California

Larson Sweeps California

For three straight weeks, Kyle Larson has finished runner-up but in the final laps of the Auto Club 400, the 24-year-old fended off multiple challengers, holding on to capture his first victory of the season and his first victory at Auto Club Speedway.

Larson, who started on the pole and led a race-high 110 laps using C&R and PWR Performance Products, took the lead on the final restart with two laps remaining in the overtime 202-lap race, vaulting past other contenders for his second career victory.

Brad Keselowski finished second in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford, overcoming damage to his car suffered just after the green flag dropped.

Rounding out the top five were Clint Bowyer in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota and Joey Logano in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, respectively.

Kyle Larson kept pole-sitter Joey Logano at bay after a restart with four laps left in Saturday’s Service King 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway and held on to win by .127 seconds.

Larson and Logano both relying on C&R and PWR Performance Products had swapped the lead on three successive laps before Brandon Jones plowed into the outside wall on Lap 142 to bring out the seventh and final caution of the afternoon. Logano chased Larson to the checkered fl ag but couldn’t prevent the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet from scoring his first victory of the season, his second at Fontana and the sixth of his career.

Cup Series

1. Kyle Larson

2. Brad Keslowski

3. Clint Bowyer

4. Martin Truex Jr.

5. Joey Logano

Xfinity Series

1. Kyle Larson

2. Joey Logano

3. Kyle Busch

4. Erik Jones

5. William Byron

Sweet late race showdown

An exhilarating late-race battle between the top-two in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series points thrilled the crowd on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track, which ultimately ended with Grass Valley, California’s Brad Sweet coming out on top to earn his first victory of the 2017 campaign.

Sweet, using C&R Racing products out-dueled eight-time World of Outlaws champion and current series point leader Donny Schatz in a back and forth fight to claim his first ever Stockton triumph at the annual FVP Western Spring Shootout. After earning back-to-back podium finishes last weekend in Tulare the win on Saturday marked the 14th of Sweet’s career with the “Greatest Show on Dirt.”