Harvick takes checkered at Fontana, Bayne finishes 30th

Kevin Harvick passed California king Jimmie Johnson on the final turn to win his first race of the season Sunday at Auto Club Speedway

The Associated Press
Jimmie Johnson (48) drives during the NASCAR Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday in Fontana, Calif.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP/WVLT) -- Kevin Harvick passed California king Jimmie Johnson on the final turn to win his first race of the season Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.

Kyle Busch had the dominant car most of the day and led coming out of a restart with nine laps left. Johnson, a five-time winner at Fontana, chased him down to take the lead with three laps left, but Harvick moved in right behind him.

Harvick pulled up close, started to make his move to the outside on Turn 3 and completed the pass before hitting the final straightaway for his 15th career win.

Harvick, who started 24th, led just one of the 200 laps around the 2-mile oval.

Johnson finished second and Busch was third, spoiling his chance to pull off the NASCAR weekend sweep two weeks in a row.

Knoxville native and Daytona 500 champ Trevor Bayne started 27th on Sunday and finished 30th in his #21 Wood Brothers Ford.


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