NASCAR: Kyle Larson wins from pole in K&N West at Sonoma

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For Kyle Larson, it’s one trophy gained and one more to capture tomorrow at Sonoma Raceway.

The Sprint Cup rookie phenom won pole and then dominated the Carneros 200 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, but had to hold off Greg Pursley in a green-white-checkered finish to pick up the win.

Larson was one of five Cup racers that took part in today’s K&N West event, the others being second-year Cup driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and rookies Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Dillon.

Stenhouse finished fourth today, while Annett wound up sixth. Farther back were Allgaier in 14th and Dillon in 22nd after both had been running within the Top 5 during the afternoon.

The field took a halfway intermission at Lap 33 with Larson ahead of Stenhouse. But Pursley and Lupton both jumped Stenhouse for second and third when the race resumed and just before a caution came out.

Larson would continue to hold the point up to a rash of late yellows. A Lap 57 yellow set up a restart with four laps to go, but a couple of laps later, Thomas Martin went into the wall to force the G-W-C attempt.

Multiple cars spun in Turn 2 after the G-W-C began, but all of them were able to keep going and the race stayed green. With that, Larson was able to hang on and get a win in his first K&N West start.

It’s a nice bit of momentum for Larson, who will roll off third for tomorrow’s Sprint Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350. Nine different winners have won the last nine Sonoma Cup races – could Larson be the 10th?

Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.