Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Kyle Larson wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Larson took the lead with a handful of laps to go when race leader Ty Dillon jumped a restart and won the NASCAR Xfinity race in overtime at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday.

Larson won the Toyota­Care 250 after barely making it to the overtime line in a two-lap dash to the finish. The line marks the spot the race leader must have crossed for the race to be deemed official, and just after Larson crossed it, a crash behind him brought out a yellow flag.

But it was an earlier restart, with five laps to go, that put him in position to cash in on the last one.

"I was happy to see that caution after that long run so we could come get tires, because I felt if we could gain a spot on pit road, we could have a good shot at winning," said Larson, the points leader in the Monster Energy Cup series. "That's what happened.

"We lined up third. Ty was on two (tires), and he took off a little bit before the box. I was hoping they were going to call him for the jump-start."

NASCAR did, and when several other drivers crashed, it made Larson the leader on the final restart with Justin Allgaier to his outside.

Allgaier had dominated all day, leading 157 laps. He got a nice consolation prize, a $100,000 bonus in the Dash for Cash, and pole-sitter Daniel Hemric finished third.

Dillon finished 19th.

Formula One: Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, ending a run of 18 poles for Mercedes. Vettel, the Formula One leader, shaved 0.059 seconds off Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen's leading time with his last attempt of the session. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were third and fourth.

For Vettel and Ferrari, their first pole since September 2015 helped to underline how the near-total Mercedes dominance of recent seasons has been broken. Ferrari hasn't had both cars on the front row since the 2008 French GP.

"If you have the rhythm here, it feels fantastic," Vettel said. "For now we're full of joy."

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