Larson steals Michigan victory

Monday 14th August, 2017 - 9:23am

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Kyle Larson celebrates at Michigan

Kyle Larson has gone from third to first in the space of one corner to snatch victory at Michigan on a green-white-chequered finish.

The result was Larson’s third win of the season and incredibly his third-straight at Michigan International Speedway.

In a big weekend for Larson he also finished second behind Donny Schatz at the famed Sprintcar Knoxville National’s on Saturday night. He arrived back in Michigan in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The bold move on the overtime restart saw him split Furniture Row Racing duo Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones as he led only the final two laps of the race.

“I was running a few options through my head and what to do if I got a good jump,” said Larson.

“I can’t believe that just happened. We were struggling all day, definitely not as good as the last time we were here.

“I want to thank (Chip Ganassi, owner) for signing me in 2011, bringing me up from a USAC race to race for him. I want to thank all my fans as well. I finished second to Donny Schatz at the Knoxville Nationals yesterday and came here and win and beat Martin Truex, who is Donny Schatz right now.

“It’s definitely a week I’ll never forget.”

Truex finished second place after leading for a total of 57 laps. Jones led five laps and matched a career-best finish in third. Ryan Newman and Trevor Bayne completed the top five.

Pole-starter Brad Keselowski, an early dominator who led 103 of the first 110 laps and 105 laps overall, faded to a 17th-place finish. He also added a playoff point to his tally with his fourth stage win of the year in the opening 60-lap stretch.

Truex also added to his playoff point stockpile with his 15th stage win of the year at the Lap 120 break.

The race was incident-free until a Lap 139 crack-up involving Kasey Kahne and Daniel Suarez. Kahne’s Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet slid up into the path of Suarez’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota, and both cars made heavy contact with the outside retaining wall.

The elbows will be out next weekend when the series heads to the ‘World’s Fastest Half Mile’ at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

 

VIDEO: Race re-cap

VIDEO: Larson speaks after winning

 

RESULTS: Pure Michigan 400 – Michigan International Speedway

Pos # Driver Make Laps Status
1 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 202  Running
2 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 202  Running
3 77  Erik Jones Toyota 202  Running
4 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 202  Running
5 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 202  Running
6 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 202  Running
7 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 202  Running
8 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 202  Running
9 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 202  Running
10 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 202  Running
11 41  Kurt Busch Ford 202  Running
12 43  Aric Almirola Ford 202  Running
13 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 202  Running
14 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 202  Running
15 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 202  Running
16 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 202  Running
17 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 202  Running
18 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 202  Running
19 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 202  Running
20 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 202  Running
21 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 202  Running
22 10  Danica Patrick Ford 202  Running
23 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 202  Running
24 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 202  Running
25 34  Landon Cassill Ford 200  Running
26 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 200  Running
27 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 200  Running
28 22  Joey Logano Ford 200  Running
29 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 199  Running
30 38  David Ragan Ford 199  Running
31 23  Corey Lajoie Toyota 199  Running
32 83  Brett Moffitt Toyota 198  Running
33 55  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 197  Running
34 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 196 Accident
35 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 196  Running
36 51  B.J. McLeod Chevrolet 178  Running
37 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 138 Accident
38 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 138 Accident
39 15  Derrike Cope Chevrolet 107 Engine

STANDINGS

Rank
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Martin Truex Jr.
933
Leader
4
23
10
16
1
2
Kyle Larson
804
-129
3
23
10
13
3
3
Kyle Busch
797
-136
1
23
8
13
6
4
Kevin Harvick
787
-146
1
23
8
14
3
5
Brad Keselowski
720
-213
2
23
11
14
2
6
Denny Hamlin
710
-223
1
23
8
12
0
7
Chase Elliott
685
-248
0
23
6
13
1
8
Jamie McMurray
675
-258
0
23
2
12
0
9
Matt Kenseth
654
-279
0
23
6
10
1
10
Clint Bowyer
623
-310
0
23
5
10
0
11
Jimmie Johnson
592
-341
3
23
3
7
0
12
Ryan Blaney
592
-341
1
23
3
8
1
13
Joey Logano
556
-377
1
23
8
11
1
14
Kurt Busch
554
-379
1
23
2
10
0
15
Ryan Newman
536
-397
1
23
5
8
0
16
Erik Jones
524
-409
0
23
2
8
0
17
Daniel Suarez
515
-418
0
23
1
8
0
18
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
505
-428
2
23
4
7
1
19
Trevor Bayne
440
-493
0
23
1
3
0
20
Kasey Kahne
438
-495
1
23
3
4
0
21
Austin Dillon
436
-497
1
23
2
3
0
22
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
402
-531
0
23
1
4
1
23
Ty Dillon
394
-539
0
23
0
0
0
24
Paul Menard
385
-548
0
23
2
3
0
25
Chris Buescher
377
-556
0
23
0
3
0
26
AJ Allmendinger
366
-567
0
23
1
5
0
27
Michael McDowell
361
-572
0
23
1
1
0
28
Danica Patrick
340
-593
0
23
0
1
0
29
David Ragan
283
-650
0
23
0
2
0
30
Aric Almirola
267
-666
0
16
2
3
0
31
Matt DiBenedetto
253
-680
0
23
0
2
0
32
Landon Cassill
239
-694
0
23
0
0
0
33
Cole Whitt
237
-696
0
23
0
0
0
34
Corey LaJoie
153
-780
0
20
0
0
0
35
Gray Gaulding
105
-828
0
17
0
0
0
36
Reed Sorenson
95
-838
0
17
0
0
0
37
Jeffrey Earnhardt
92
-841
0
21
0
0
0
38
Derrike Cope
30
-903
0
11
0
0
0
39
Michael Waltrip
29
-904
0
1
0
1
0
40
Billy Johnson
15
-918
0
1
0
0
0
41
Boris Said
15
-918
0
2
0
0
0
42
Gary Klutt
6
-927
0
1
0
0
0
43
Alon Day
5
-928
0
1
0
0
0
44
Stephen Leicht
5
-928
0
1
0
0
0
45
Kevin O’Connell
4
-929
0
1
0
0
0
46
Cody Ware
4
-929
0
3
0
0
0
47
Tommy Regan
3
-930
0
1
0
0
0
48
D.J. Kennington
2
-931
0
2
0
0
0
49
Brendan Gaughan
0
-933
0
3
0
1
0
50
Darrell Wallace Jr.
0
-933
0
4
0
0
0
51
Timmy Hill
0
-933
0
12
0
0
0
52
Elliott Sadler
0
-933
0
3
0
0
0
53
Ross Chastain
0
-933
0
1
0
0
0
54
Joey Gase
0
-933
0
4
0
0
0
55
Regan Smith
0
-933
0
2
0
0
0
56
Ryan Sieg
0
-933
0
5
0
0
0
57
JJ Yeley
0
-933
0
3
0
0
0
58
Carl Long
0
-933
0
1
0
0
0
59
B.J. McLeod
0
-933
0
3
0
0
0
60
Brett Moffitt
0
-933
0
2
0
0
0
61
Josh Bilicki
0
-933
0
2
0
0
0