Kyle Larson on victory: ‘Feels amazing to steal one’
By James Jackson
August 13, 2017
He only led two laps, but they were the two that counted the most.
Kyle Larson took the lead on an overtime restart with two laps to go at Michigan International Speedway Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400 and pulled away from Martin Truex Jr. to pick up his third Cup Series victory at the track.
Larson’s victory was his third of the 2017 season and his fourth of his career.
Larson becomes the first driver since Bill Elliott in 1986 to win three consecutive Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway.
“So this win feels amazing to steal one in a way, and my other three wins I felt like we had the first or second best car, but today at times I didn’t think we were a top 10 car,” Larson said.
“But to get the win that way is awesome.”
Larson started ninth position in his quest for three consecutive victories at MIS. He quickly fell back in the field to 17th by lap 4.
By lap 22, Larson managed to gain some ground and moved up to 11th position. On lap 40, Larson passed Hamlin to get back into the top-10 before green flag pit stops. After green flag pit stops cycled through, Larson resumed his position in 10th. The stage ended with Larson in 9th, giving him two playoff points.
Larson restarted stage two in 13th. On lap 69, Larson checked up to avoid Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin ran into the back of him but it didn’t appear to create any problems for Larson.
After the second round of green flag pit stops, Larson cycled to eighth. At the conclusion of stage two, Larson finished eighth and collected three playoff points.
At the start of stage three, Larson restarted eighth. Coming off of Turn 4 on lap 135, Larson got loose and lost a couple of positions. Under caution the field made pit stops and Larson got off pit road in fourth. Larson restarted the race in 14th and got caught in heavy traffic.
After a caution came out near the end of the race, Larson restarted in 8th and made a big charge to front. A caution came out with four laps to go and forced an overtime restart with Larson in fourth with fresher tires than everyone else in front of him.
On the restart, Larson forced a three-wide situation and forced himself to the lead.
Larson pulled away and took the checkered flag for his third straight win at Michigan International Speedway.
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