LAS VEGAS — Kyle Larson became the 72nd driver in the history of the NASCAR Cup Series to hit the century-mark in top-10 finishes.
Larson’s ninth-place finish in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday (Feb. 23) marked the Chip Ganassi Racing driver’s second top-10 finish of 2020 and 100th of his career.
The 27-year-old driver has earned every one of his top-10 finishes in the series driving for CGR.
“I fought the balance a lot early in the race,” Larson said. “It got better, but then we had some cautions there at the end, I would be on cycled tires and the balance would get really tight.
“All-in-all, it was a top-ten here and I feel good about that.”
2020 is Larson’s seventh full-time season in the Cup Series.
In 221 starts, Larson has earned six wins, eight poles, 55 top-5 finishes and 100 top-10 finishes with 3,211 laps led.
Prior to Larson, Brad Keselowski was the most recent driver to hit the 100 top-10 mark with his ninth-place run at Kansas Speedway in October 2015.
The first driver to earn 100 top-10 finishes was Lee Petty at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia in March of 1954.
Seven-time champion Richard Petty has the NASCAR Cup Series record for the most top-10 finishes with 712.
Four-time champion Jeff Gordon earned the second-most with 477.
Rounding out the all-time top 5 are Mark Martin (453), Bobby Allison (446) and Dale Earnhardt (428).
Active drivers who have earned 100 top-10 finishes include Jimmie Johnson (365), Kevin Harvick (364), Kurt Busch (298), Kyle Busch (296), Ryan Newman (262), Denny Hamlin (260), Clint Bowyer (215), Martin Truex Jr. (205), Joey Logano (201) and Brad Keselowski (187).
The next active driver closest to the mark is Chase Elliott (74).
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