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  • Power Rankings: Just like Sunday, everyone's chasing Kyle Larson

    Kyle Larson couldn’t be caught Sunday. (Getty)

    Welcome to Power Rankings. As always, Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it’s the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. Direct all your complaints to us at and we’ll try to have some fun.

    1. Kyle Larson (LW: 1): Welcome to NASCAR’s playoffs, Kyle Larson.

    Larson is pulling a Kevin Harvick with his domination of the Cup Series through the first five weeks of the season. Heck, you can make the argument that he’s been even better than Harvick was in 2016.

    With his win on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, Larson’s average finish is 3.8 through the first five races. That’s just a tick better than Harvick, who had an average finish of fourth through the first five races a year ago. Anytime you’re being compared to Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing tenure you’re doing something right.

    “I think the runway, you know, he’s got a lot of runway,” Larson’s car owner Chip Ganassi said. “We

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  • BK Racing has caused 10 of 23 caution flags this year. (Getty)

    Consider our Takeaways feature to be the home of our random and sometimes intelligent musings. Sometimes the post may have a theme. Sometimes it may just be a mess of unrelated thoughts. Make sure you tweet us your thoughts after the race or email your post-race rants via the link in the signature line below.

    • BK Racing is hitting the wall for a high average so far in 2017. After Gray Gaulding and Corey LaJoie each caused caution flags in Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway, the team kept up its proficiency at slowing down Cup Series races.

    [Related: Kyle Larson wins at Fontana]

    Including the cautions caused in Sunday’s race, BK cars driven by LaJoie (five races), Gaulding (four) and Joey Gase have been involved in 10 of the 23 cautions directly caused by cars crashing or having mechanical issues. Yes, two of the 39 (or 40) cars in a Cup field in the five weekends so far this season have created over 43 percent of

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  • Kyle Larson survives late restarts to win at Fontana

    Kyle Larson had a fast car through long green flag runs during Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway. And, thankfully for him, he had the fastest car on short runs too.

    Larson survived a flurry of late-race restarts and pulled away from Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer over the race’s final two laps to get his first win of 2017 and the second win of his career.

    The win comes after Larson finished second in the previous three races of the 2017 season. The driver of the No. 42 car is a deserved points leader and has now finished in the top two in five of the last six races dating back to the 2016 season finale.

    “I was staying as calm as I could be, but also frustrated at the same time,” Larson said of the cautions. “It seems like every time I get to the lead at the end of one of these things, the caution comes out and I’ve got to fight people off on restarts … This is just amazing.  We have been so good all year long, three seconds in a row.  I’ve

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  • Former LSU QB Brandon Harris says he's transferring to North Carolina

    Harris has thrown for nearly 2,800 yards in parts of three seasons at LSU. (Getty)

    North Carolina has a replacement for Mitch Trubisky. And Texas is likely going to have to find a starting quarterback from a player already on its roster.

    Ex-LSU quarterback Brandon Harris said Sunday on Faceboook he was choosing the Tar Heels as his transfer destination. Harris, a graduate transfer, is eligible to play immediately in 2017 after he graduates this spring.

    Obviously, it has been an important time for me, looking for a great situation and another opportunity to grow as a young man and as a student as well as a football player. The opportunity to accomplish that is very important to me. After my offical visit this weekend to the University of North Carolina, I’m going to get that opportunity. With that being said, I’m fully committed to UNC this upcoming year and I look forward to the opportunity to play for coach Fedora and UNC. Thank you, to all of those who have kept me in your prayers and

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  • South Florida DB Hassan Childs injured in shooting

    (Getty Images)

    UPDATE 4:45 p.m. ET

    According to the Tampa Bay Times, police believe Childs was shot after a man said Childs pulled a gun on him in an apartment complex in the aftermath of a road-rage incident.

    The man who allegedly shot Childs said he did it in self-defense.

    About 11:15 p.m. Saturday, police received a call from a man later identified as Jovanni Jimenez, 26, saying that a man, later identified as Childs, pointed a gun at Jimenez and his wife and child at the Eagles Point Apartments at Tampa Palms, 14551 N 46th St.

    Jimenez then pulled his gun and shot Childs, 22, in what he told police was self-defense. Childs was hit three times in the upper arm and torso, Lee said. Childs, who practiced with the Bulls on Saturday afternoon, is in stable condition, according to a statement from USF.


    South Florida defensive back Hassan Childs is hospitalized in stable condition after he was shot Saturday night.

    The team said in a statement that the shooting happened off campus.


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  • Fans surround track on cool down lap at Australian Grand Prix

    Sebastian Vettel got ahead of Lewis Hamilton after his pit stop. (Getty)

    Australian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel and the other competitors got a surprise on the cool-down lap following Sunday’s season-opening Formula 1 race.

    After Vettel took the checkered flag for Ferrari’s first win since 2015, fans got out of their seats around the Albert Park course in Melbourne and rushed trackside to get an up-close glimpse of Vettel and his peers.

    (NBC Sports)

    This isn’t normal. Look at how close the fans with the Ferrari flag got to one of the cars on the track’s final turn.

    (NBC Sports)

    Andrew Westecott, the boss of the Australian Grand Prix, said an investigation is ongoing into what happened to allow the fans to get on the track before the cars had made it to pit lane. The cool-down lap is the lap immediately following the checkered flag, where drivers slow their cars down before parking them in the pits.

    From SpeedCafe:

    “From what I am led to believe, there could have been a mistake made

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  • Frank Mason's Kansas career ends without a Final Four appearance

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Kansas guard Frank Mason and his teammates kept thinking the Jayhawks were going to mount a comeback against Oregon in the Ducks’ 74-60 Elite Eight win. But as Oregon maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half, time was running out.

    Kansas has turned its past two NCAA tournament games from close contests to routs in a matter of seconds with second-half blizzards. Surely, when Kansas cut Oregon’s lead to six after a three from Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk with 2:43 to go, the rally was on, right? No.

    As Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey threw the ball towards the rim with one second left on the ensuing possession, four Kansas players, including its senior point guard, converged on the basketball in the lane. In the alternate universe where Kansas advances to its first Final Four since 2012, Mason comes down with the ball and sprints the other way for a bucket. Or even a three to make it a one-possession game.

    “If we would have got the ball on that possession, it

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  • Danica Patrick was fined for her actions at Fontana last year. (Getty)

    After NASCAR decided not to punish Austin Dillon for his actions in the Xfinity Series race at Phoenix, Danica Patrick wishes NASCAR had previously used that monetary discretion when it comes to giving drivers consequences.

    Dillon used his wrecked car to pinch Cole Custer into the wall during last week’s race after contact with Custer led to Dillon’s initial incident. NASCAR parked Dillon for the rest of the race after his actions but didn’t take any further disciplinary action when announcing penalties in the middle of the week.

    “Give me my money back,” Patrick said. “I also got fined here [in 2016] for Kasey Kahne right-rearing me on the front straightaway at 215 miles an hour and I gave him this sign, and I got fined for that, too.

    “I think NASCAR makes a really big mistake of fining for some stuff, especially something that happens in the car because it makes for good TV – just like fights and all that stuff.  We

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  • Kyle Larson wins pole at Fontana

    Kyle Larson has finished second in four of the last five races. (Getty)

    Is this the week that Kyle Larson finishes first?

    Larson, who has three-straight second-place finishes in the Cup Series, qualified first for Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway. He beat out Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski for the top spot.

    It’s Larson’s first pole since 2014, when he qualified first at Pocono Raceway in his rookie season. He finished 11th in that race.

    Larson finished second in the 2016 season finale at Homestead and has continued his roll in 2017, finishing second at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix. He was leading the Daytona 500 with two laps to go before being passed by Martin Truex Jr. and subsequently running out of gas on the final lap.

    Jimmie Johnson, who spun in Friday’s practice session, didn’t attempt a lap in qualifying. Crew chief Chad Knaus opted to let his team take their time to prepare Johnson’s backup car instead of rushing to get it ready for a qualifying attempt. Johnson’s spin

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  • Jimmie Johnson finished ninth at Phoenix. (Getty)

    Jimmie Johnson would appreciate you not making superficial snap judgments based off the first four races of the season.

    The defending Cup Series champion is 16th in the points standings and got his first top-10 finish of the season last week at Phoenix. But no, the No. 48 team isn’t having a championship hangover that’s going to last throughout the entirety of the 2017 season.

    When asked about people “questioning” the team’s performance so far, Johnson dismissed whatever questions there may be.

    “Sixteen years, 80 wins, and seven championships and people want to question us?” Johnson asked. “I mean come on.”

    The man has a point. A record-tying seven championships earn you the benefit of the doubt. Especially after that seventh championship came after a so-so regular season (by Johnson’s standards) and in a playoff format that Johnson had never before conquered.

    And besides, it’s not like the team has been really, really bad to start the

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