Larson wins off restart

Posted June 20, 2017

With Sunday's victory, Larson reclaims the top spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings.

Part of the scene of Larson winning was watching his toddler son put the victory sticker on the vehicle and give a big thumbs up.

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Larson took control of the FireKeepers Casino 400 on a restart with five laps remaining and held off Chase Elliott on Sunday for his second Monster Energy Cup series victory of the season.

Larson, who earned his first career win last August at MIS, now has two victories on the season.

On lap 36, Martin Truex Jr. passed Larson and gained the lead for the first time in the race and went on to win the first stage by over four seconds.

For Kyle Busch, it was another win that slipped away in the late stages of the race.

Given Miller's defense - which leaves open the possibility that maybe sometimes what is thought to be debris really isn't - I offer this second stage of advice: If there is no debris, just say so. "I think we've had those kind of opportunities in the few race prior to that that just never really showed". But Bernhard, racing in the faster and more powerful LMP1 category Porsche 919 Hybrid, took the lead with about an hour remaining. However, with where he was positioned when he came out of the pits, he was going to start on the inside lane. "He just had enough air down there to get to the side of us, and it was just a race to the line after that".

"From where we started the day to where we ended up, I was really proud of our effort", Elliott said. "The 3 Chevy was really, really fast, and it was cool to win it".

"I'm looking forward to celebrating with him".

So is it possible for drivers to close the gaps between Larson and Truex?

Logano was also smiling after the race, ending a streak of five races outside the top 20 with a third-place result. "All-in-all, it's a good season so far and we'll continue to keep building on what we've got". But for Larson, perhaps most special of all, his young son, Owen, and his father Michael, were both in attendance to watch him win his second straight race here at Michigan International Speedway. Logano said it was good to "stop the bleeding".

"We had the best auto out there without a doubt - just inside lane restarts at the end killed us, so just stinks when you have to race like that, you know?" said Truex. With Ryan Blaney getting the win last week (at Pocono), you look at Chase finishing second, Joey is a veteran, but he's only a couple years older than I am, then Stenhouse, Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, Suarez-so many drivers in great equipment right now that are running up front.

He had a decent day going until hitting the wall late, triggering the series of cautions and restarts that ultimately decided the race. I wasn't able to stay attached to the 42.

Elliott was third on the final restart, but lined up on the inside. "Turning the momentum a bit and bringing home a solid top-five and change things".

Larson got to the finish line.993 seconds ahead of Chase Elliott, who, like third-place finisher Joey Logano, felt he got the most out of his vehicle.

The Xfinity race at MI began with instant drama - contact between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch that sent Busch spinning.