Despite leading the most laps in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, Kyle Lason came up short in his quest for his second win of the 2021 season.
Larson won the first two stages of the Sunday race at Atlanta Motor Speedway and led on five occasions for 269 total laps.
However, Ryan Blaney ate into Larson’s lead as laps wound down in the final stage, making the pass with nine laps to go.
“I think he just got a lot better there that last Stage and it kind of changed up my flow of the race a little bit,” Larso said.
“I could get out to such a big lead and then I could take care of my stuff; and run the bottom, where it was maybe slower, but I could take care of my tires.
“He was fast there and I just wanted to maintain that gap that I had, so I had to run in the faster part of the racetrack and just use my stuff up. And then, he was just a lot better than me there late in the run.”
Six races into the 2021, Larson is second overall in driver’s points. Larson feels like he is the strongest he has been in NASCAR’s premier series.
“I would have loved to win today to really pick up some momentum,” Larson said. “But, yeah, I mean, we’ve had the fastest car most weekends. If we can continue to evolve and continue to get better, yeah, I mean, we can do great things.”
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