Kyle Larson knows how to win at Michigan International Speedway
Kyle Larson wins the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, scoring his third NASCAR Cup Series win in a career. It’s his second win at Brooklyn’s 2.0-mile oval following his maiden win in last year’s Pure Michigan 400.
In Sunday’s race, a driver of Chip Ganassi’s #42 Chevrolet started from pole and led for 96 of 200 laps before crossing a finish line as the winner, with a comfortable lead ahead of Chase Elliott.
Larson was the most successful in a series of late restarts. The decisive was a restart on lap 186, when he received a strong push from Ryan Blaney to clear Kyle Busch for the lead. After Larson passed him for the lead on the restart, Busch ultimately faded to seventh at the finish. In the final restart on lap 196, Denny Hamlin restarted beside Larson but lost the third-place battle to Joey Logano. Larson’s teammate Jamie McMurray finished fifth.
Martin Truex Jr. came home sixth after leading 62 laps and winning both the first and second 60-lap stages. Truex increased his stash of playoff points to a series-leading 20, Larson regained the lead in championship points by five over Truex. Kyle Busch is 130 points back in third place.
The next race is the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 25.
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