Kyle Larson dominates at Michigan

Second win of the year for Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson has underlined his championship credentials with his second win of the season after taking victory at Michigan.

Larson got the jump on a restart with five laps remaining in a race that he was one of the dominant drivers in.

The Chevrolet driver started on the pole and led a race-high 96 laps to score back-to-back wins at the same track.

Chase Elliott scored his best result of the season with a second ahead of Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray.

Larson had all the pressure with three late cautions meaning he had to hold off the field each time.

“We’ve been so close to so many other wins,” said Larson.

“This is the second Cup win of the year but we’ve had six second-place finishes, which could be 30 more (playoff) points.

“All in all, good season so far and we’ll continue to build on what we’ve got.”

There were 10 lead changes among four drivers.

There was just one retirement from the race and that was the unfortunate Danica Patrick, who got sent into the inside fence on the second-last re-start. Ryan Blaney was dropping through the field with what looked like a tyre issue.

It bottled-up Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace, who turned into the path of Patrick and fired her car off into the fence.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. finished sixth despite winning both Stage 1 and Stage 2, his ninth and 10th stage victories of the season.

That’s more than twice as many as his nearest competitor; Kyle Busch has four stage victories.

Larson regained the points lead with his second win of the season. He has a five-point advantage over Truex.

VIDEO: Race recap

RESULTS: FireKeepers Casino 400 : Michigan International Speedway

Pos # Driver Make Laps Laps Led Status
1 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 200 96  Running
2 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 200  0  Running
3 22  Joey Logano Ford 200  0  Running
4 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 200  0  Running
5 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 200  0  Running
6 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 200 62  Running
7 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 200 40  Running
8 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 200  0  Running
9 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 200  0  Running
10 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 200  0  Running
11 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 200  0  Running
12 41  Kurt Busch Ford 200  0  Running
13 77  Erik Jones Toyota 200  0  Running
14 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 200  0  Running
15 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 200  0  Running
16 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 200 2  Running
17 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 200  0  Running
18 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 200  0  Running
19 43  Darrell Wallace Jr. Ford 200  0  Running
20 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 200  0  Running
21 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 200  0  Running
22 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 200  0  Running
23 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 200  0  Running
24 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 200  0  Running
25 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 200  0  Running
26 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 200  0  Running
27 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 199  0  Running
28 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 199  0  Running
29 38  David Ragan Ford 198  0  Running
30 83  Corey Lajoie Toyota 197  0  Running
31 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 197  0  Running
32 34  Landon Cassill Ford 196  0  Running
33 23  Ryan Sieg Toyota 196  0  Running
34 15  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 195  0  Running
35 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 195  0  Running
36 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 194  0  Running
37 10  Danica Patrick Ford 190  0 Accident
STANDINGS
Pos
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Kyle Larson
640
Leader
2
15
7
10
2
2
Martin Truex Jr.
635
-5
2
15
5
11
0
3
Kyle Busch
510
-130
0
15
5
8
2
4
Kevin Harvick
508
-132
0
15
5
9
3
5
Chase Elliott
478
-162
0
15
5
9
1
6
Brad Keselowski
476
-164
2
15
8
10
1
7
Jamie McMurray
450
-190
0
15
2
9
0
8
Jimmie Johnson
449
-191
3
15
3
6
0
9
Denny Hamlin
430
-210
0
15
3
7
0
10
Joey Logano
398
-242
1
15
7
9
1
11
Matt Kenseth
398
-242
0
15
3
6
1
12
Clint Bowyer
391
-249
0
15
2
5
0
13
Ryan Blaney
376
-264
1
15
3
5
1
14
Kurt Busch
359
-281
1
15
2
7
0
15
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
354
-286
1
15
3
6
1
16
Erik Jones
346
-294
0
15
1
3
0
17
Ryan Newman
344
-296
1
15
2
5
0
18
Trevor Bayne
323
-317
0
15
0
2
0
19
Daniel Suarez
313
-327
0
15
0
4
0
20
Austin Dillon
297
-343
1
15
2
2
0
21
Kasey Kahne
290
-350
0
15
2
3
0
22
Ty Dillon
264
-376
0
15
0
0
0
23
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
257
-383
0
15
1
3
0
24
Paul Menard
233
-407
0
15
1
2
0
25
Chris Buescher
205
-435
0
15
0
0
0
26
AJ Allmendinger
202
-438
0
15
1
2
0
27
Michael McDowell
200
-440
0
15
0
0
0
28
Aric Almirola
188
-452
0
11
2
3
0
29
David Ragan
185
-455
0
15
0
1
0
30
Danica Patrick
176
-464
0
15
0
1
0
31
Cole Whitt
167
-473
0
15
0
0
0
32
Landon Cassill
153
-487
0
15
0
0
0
33
Matt DiBenedetto
146
-494
0
15
0
1
0
34
Corey LaJoie
98
-542
0
14
0
0
0
35
Gray Gaulding
82
-558
0
13
0
0
0
36
Reed Sorenson
72
-568
0
13
0
0
0
37
Jeffrey Earnhardt
65
-575
0
15
0
0
0
38
Michael Waltrip
29
-611
0
1
0
1
0
39
Derrike Cope
26
-614
0
9
0
0
0
40
Cody Ware
4
-636
0
3
0
0
0
41
D.J. Kennington
1
-639
0
1
0
0
0
42
Brendan Gaughan
0
-640
0
2
0
0
0
43
Elliott Sadler
0
-640
0
2
0
0
0
44
Darrell Wallace Jr.
0
-640
0
2
0
0
0
45
Ross Chastain
0
-640
0
1
0
0
0
46
Joey Gase
0
-640
0
2
0
0
0
47
Regan Smith
0
-640
0
2
0
0
0
48
JJ Yeley
0
-640
0
2
0
0
0
49
Ryan Sieg
0
-640
0
2
0
0
0
50
Timmy Hill
0
-640
0
10
0
0
0
51
Carl Long
0
-640
0
1
0
0
0

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