Larson posts third straight top-ten finish
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Kyle Larson turns laps at Dover International Speedway. Larson posted his 14th top-ten finish of 2014.
With a sixth place finish at Dover International Raceway, rookie Kyle Larson has posted three consecutive top-ten finishes.
The first-year Chip Ganassi Racing driver has an average finish of 3.7 in the last three Cup events, showings that would have enabled the rookie to qualify for the Chase’s second round.
“Yeah, I'd be really happy about my three races in this round if I was in the Chase,” Larson said post-race Sunday. “But yeah, it was a really good finish for us.”
“I thought we had a top-five car. It was just about I guess a lap and a half short on fuel there at the end so I had to save a little and gave up fifth. Good three races for us, and happy about it and hopefully we can keep these top 10s rolling.”
Larson’s streak of three top-ten finishes is the longest streak of his career and most for a rookie Cup driver since Denny Hamlin posted five consecutive in 2006.
Despite not making this year’s Chase, Larson would like to play spoiler in the Chase—and put even more pressure on his fellow competitors inside the Chase.
“Hopefully I can be the guy that wins Kansas and Charlotte so all the Chase guys can be nervous going into Talladega,” he said.
Larson has been the highest finishing non-Chase driver in all three playoff races as the Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway next weekend.