Kyle Larson scores maiden NASCAR win

Kyle Larson celebrates his first NASCAR Spint Cup win

Kyle Larson celebrates his first NASCAR Spint Cup win

Kyle Larson has broken through for his first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup taking the chequered flag at the Pure Michigan 400.

He is the 13th different driver to win a race this season and firmly planted himself among those vying for the 16-car field in the Chase.

Larson beat home another young star in Chase Elliott after a restart with 10 laps to go. Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet appeared to get loose and this allowed Larson a clear run through to victory in his 99th Cup Series start.

“We both spun our tyres really good,” said Larson.

“The 2 car (Brad Keselowski) — he pushed me really good. He could have pulled underneath and got by, but he stayed with me and got me the lead. So thanks to him. I’m still at a loss for words.”

Larson dedicated the win to his friend the late Bryan Clauson, who died earlier this month after an accident in a midget race in Kansas.

”I was tearing up those last few laps because I was feeling that was finally going to be it; we weren’t going to have a caution,” said Larson.

“This one’s for the Clauson family. We’re really missing Bryan. We love you guys. We parked it for him so that was really cool.”

Larson, who received congratulations from team owner Chip Ganassi and several fellow drivers as he kissed girlfriend Katelyn Sweet and son Owen, sealed the win on the final restart. He had Elliott and Brad Keselowski pushing hard off the line.

Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and series points leader Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five finishers at the 2-mile track.

Larson led a race-high 41 laps, followed by Jimmie Johnson, who led 37 laps and finished sixth.

The race featured the third time NASCAR used the 2017 low-downforce package to gather information for next season.

Only two races remain ahead of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup with the series heading to the famous Darlington Raceway and the Southern 500 next weekend.

VIDEO: Larson wins at Michigan

VIDEO: Victory Lane

 

RESULTS: Pure Michigan 400 – Michigan International Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 12 200 41 Running 45 5
2 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 5 200 31 Running 40 1
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 18 200 14 Running 39 1
4 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 7 200 0 Running 37 0
5 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 4 200 33 Running 37 1
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 2 200 37 Running 36 1
7 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 9 200 1 Running 35 1
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 8 200 0 Running 33 0
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 3 200 0 Running 32 0
10 22 Joey Logano Ford 1 200 24 Running 32 1
11 16 Greg Biffle Ford 22 200 1 Running 31 1
12 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 19 200 0 Running 29 0
13 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 13 200 8 Running 29 1
14 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 11 200 0 Running 27 0
15 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 25 200 0 Running 26 0
16 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 17 200 1 Running 26 1
17 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 10 200 1 Running 25 1
18 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 20 200 0 Running 23 0
19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 16 199 0 Running 22 0
20 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 14 199 7 Running 22 1
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 15 198 0 Running 20 0
22 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 28 198 0 Running 19 0
23 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 23 198 0 Running 18 0
24 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 24 198 0 Running 17 0
25 43 Aric Almirola Ford 26 198 0 Running 16 0
26 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 31 198 1 Running 16 1
27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 29 198 0 Running 14 0
28 44 Brian Scott Ford 30 197 0 Running 13 0
29 23 David Ragan Toyota 32 196 0 Running 12 0
30 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 6 195 0 Running 0 0
31 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 35 195 0 Running 10 0
32 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 34 195 0 Running 9 0
33 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 36 195 0 Running 8 0
34 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 37 194 0 Running 7 0
35 34 Chris Buescher Ford 21 193 0 Running 6 0
36 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 39 193 0 Running 5 0
37 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 40 192 0 Running 4 0
38 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 38 192 0 Running 3 0
39 38 Landon Cassill Ford 33 174 0 Suspension 2 0
40 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 27 160 0 Running 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 799 Leader 24 2 11 19 2
2 Brad Keselowski 774 -25 24 4 11 15 0
3 Carl Edwards 724 -75 24 2 7 15 4
4 Kurt Busch 721 -78 24 1 6 16 1
5 Joey Logano 716 -83 24 1 9 16 3
6 Kyle Busch 696 -103 24 4 11 15 5
7 Denny Hamlin 691 -108 24 2 8 13 3
8 Martin Truex Jr 652 -147 24 1 3 10 1
9 Jimmie Johnson 648 -151 24 2 7 10 4
10 Matt Kenseth 633 -166 24 2 4 10 3
11 Chase Elliott 628 -171 24 0 7 12 1
12 Austin Dillon 622 -177 24 0 4 10 1
13 Jamie McMurray 616 -183 24 0 1 8 1
14 Ryan Newman 601 -198 24 0 1 7 2
15 Kyle Larson 582 -217 24 1 5 8 2
16 Kasey Kahne 564 -235 24 0 2 6 1
17 Trevor Bayne 558 -241 24 0 2 5 0
18 Ryan Blaney 545 -254 24 0 2 7 2
19 AJ Allmendinger 544 -255 24 0 2 5 3
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 528 -271 24 0 3 5 3
21 Greg Biffle 472 -327 24 0 1 3 5
22 Dale Earnhardt Jr 461 -338 18 0 5 6 4
23 Paul Menard 454 -345 24 0 0 2 4
24 Danica Patrick 450 -349 24 0 0 0 3
25 Aric Almirola 422 -377 24 0 0 0 4
26 Tony Stewart 420 -379 16 1 5 7 2
27 Clint Bowyer 408 -391 24 0 0 3 2
28 Casey Mears 394 -405 24 0 0 0 0
29 Landon Cassill 357 -442 24 0 0 0 1
30 Chris Buescher 334 -465 24 1 2 2 4
31 David Ragan 327 -472 24 0 0 0 4
32 Regan Smith 309 -490 24 0 1 2 4
33 Brian Scott 304 -495 24 0 0 0 3
34 Michael McDowell 288 -511 20 0 0 1 2
35 Matt DiBenedetto 243 -556 24 0 0 1 8
36 Cole Whitt 239 -560 21 0 0 0 4
37 Michael Annett 210 -589 23 0 0 0 3
38 Josh Wise 123 -676 20 0 0 0 5
39 Reed Sorenson 113 -686 16 0 0 0 4
40 Jeff Gordon 99 -700 4 0 0 0 0
41 Brian Vickers 86 -713 5 0 0 1 1
42 Jeffrey Earnhardt 77 -722 12 0 0 0 1
43 Bobby Labonte 51 -748 3 0 0 0 0
44 David Gilliland 46 -753 2 0 0 0 0
45 Michael Waltrip 42 -757 2 0 0 0 0
46 Boris Said 17 -782 1 0 0 0 0
47 Patrick Carpentier 11 -788 2 0 0 0 0
48 Eddie MacDonald 5 -794 1 0 0 0 0
49 Alex Kennedy 5 -794 1 0 0 0 1
50 Robert Richardson 3 -796 1 0 0 0 1
51 Ty Dillon 0 -799 8 0 0 0 0
52 Alex Bowman 0 -799 2 0 0 0 0
53 Jeb Burton 0 -799 2 0 0 0 0
54 Joey Gase 0 -799 3 0 0 0 0
55 Ryan Ellis 0 -799 3 0 0 0 0
56 Dylan Lupton 0 -799 1 0 0 0 0
57 Justin Allgaier 0 -799 1 0 0 0 1
58 Cody Ware 0 -799 0 0 0 0 0

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