In his first Cup Series start since Phoenix in March 2020, Kyle Larson placed 10th in the season-opening Daytona 500 (Feb. 14).
Despite involvement in the final lap crash, Larson was able to earn the Top-10 run in his debut at Hendrick Motorsports.
“All-in-all a good day,” Larson said. “I thought we were in an OK spot there at the end to get a Top-5, if not, maybe a win if things worked out down the backstretch and through three and four.
“They all kind of started crashing in front of me. I almost made it through; I think I barely clipped the No. 2 (Brad Keselowski) car and then kind of slid all the way through three and four.
“Thought I might save it, couldn’t save it and started spinning. Lost some spots, but it was still a Top-10.”
Leaving Daytona, Larson is ranked seventh overall in points, 18 points ahead of the playoff cutline.
“We finished top-10 in the Duel; got some points there,” Larson said. “We were top-10 in both stages, so not a bad day for us.
“Would have liked to have been a little bit better, but anytime you can see the checkered flag, somewhat, at Daytona is always a good day. We’ll come back here next week and have some fun on the Road Course.”
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