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Weekend wrap-up: One busy weekend of auto racing

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After the History 300 Nationwide Series race on Saturday, things really picked up on Sunday: the Grand Prix of Monaco, the Indianapolis 500, the NHRA Kansas Nationals and the Coca Cola 600 kept racing fans glued to their televisions, smartphones and computers all day long.

NASCAR Nationwide Series – Kyle Larson took home his second career Nationwide Series win in the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. Larson led twice for a race-high 82 laps at the 1.5-mile track. Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick finishes second through fourth, respectively, and Brian Scott was the first Nationwide Series regular to cross the finish line in fifth.

Formula One – Nico Rosberg won the Grand Prix of Monaco to kick off Memorial Day Sunday racing action. Rosberg’s Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton finished second, with Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the podium finishers. Fernando Alonso finished fourth, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing fifth.

Verizon IndyCar Series – Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American winner of the Indianapolis 500 since 2006. Helio Castroneves finished second at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, followed by Marco Andretti in third, Carlos Munoz in fourth and Juan Pablo Montoya in fifth. Kurt Busch, attempting “the double” – running the Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 in the same day – finished on the lead lap in sixth in his IndyCar Series debut.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – Funny Car driver Courtney Force took the historic 100th win by a woman in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, taking home the Wally from the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) also took home Wallys from Topeka.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Jimmie Johnson finally got his first win of the season in the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte on Sunday night. Harvick finished second, followed by Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards in third and fourth. Sprint All-Star Race winner Jamie McMurray finished fifth. Kurt Busch finished 40th in the 600 after engine failure, completing 406.5 mile in his quest for “the double.”

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