MI has been kind to Larson in the past.
“Can’t thank these guys enough, the “Cars 3″ Chevy was really fast”. “Great Father’s Day present for myself and all the other fathers out there. My dad’s here today, too, so looking forward to celebrating with them”.
“I didn’t think we had a very good auto coming into the day and the guys made a lot of gains”, Elliott said of his Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet crew, adding he felt the team “overachieved” from the weekend’s starting point. This is the second Cup win of the year but we’ve had six second-place finishes, which could be 30 more (playoff) points.
Chase Elliott finished second for a third consecutive race at MI. Chase Elliott followed up in second while Joey Logano finished third. “Congratulations to Kyle”, said Elliott, 21. I thought we were probably a third- or fourth-place auto.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) – Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. are neck and neck at the top of the NASCAR Cup Series standings.
The grid for the Irish Hills 250 is set and it is the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota driven by Kyle Busch and the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford under the direction of Brad Keselowski that will lead the 40-driver NASCAR XFINITY field to the green flag.
“When I was sitting there 20th, no, I didn’t think I had a shot at all obviously”, Logano said laughing when asked if the fresh tires gave him optimism”. Though he couldn’t catch Larson down the stretch, there was some salvation to be found in a finish he wasn’t sure he’d see at the start of the day. “Just had to keep fighting all day”. I figured there would be a caution as soon as I got the lead the first time. Larson was first off that restart, only to be slowed by another caution after a multicar incident on the backstretch; Danica Patrick was knocked off the track and into the wall.
Truex got back up to sixth by the finish. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson finished eighth through 10th. And in both of those stages, he claimed wins after passes on Larson. Throughout the day, he was running in the top 10, but with a series of restarts, the No. 24 vehicle got as high as second, never passing Larson. You get just in a bad spot, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
However, many fans say, it means more to them than just a weekend getaway, it’s about the quality time spent with loved ones. “This was an uneventful race for us”.
Kyle Larson earned his first MIS victory last August, leading 41 laps. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch also were sent to the rear for the start because of unapproved body modifications before the race. It will be the third consecutive front-row start for Truex.
Larson started from the pole and led a race-high 96 of 200 laps en route to his second career win at the two-mile oval.
On the final restart with five laps to go, Larson started on the outside and Denny Hamlin on the inside. Truex has 10 stage victories this year. Three times in the last six races the victor came from the pole position and only Kyle Larson last August started outside the Top 10 and finished inside the Top 3 in laps led. Entering Turn 2, Bowyer, who was seventh, slammed into the wall to trigger the seventh caution.