Elliott outlasts Larson at Michigan
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 2:55
On Friday, Kyle Larson proved he had the fastest vehicle at Michigan International Raceway, winning his third career pole.
"Ryan Blaney gave me a heck of a push", Larson said. I can't thank these guys enough.
"Every time I get the lead, there's always cautions".
Larson started the race from the pole with his Cars 3-sponsored, Lightning McQueen-look Chevrolet. Kyle Busch faded to a seventh-place finish. So, I've really got to thank him a ton. In the final 15 laps, he jumped all the way up to third, passing Hamlin with four laps remaining. Great Father's Day present for myself and all the other dads out there.
"We've been so close to so many other wins", Larson said of the team's momentum. He won by 0.993 seconds. "All-in-all, it's a good season so far and we'll continue to keep building on what we've got". MIS is the fastest track on the Cup Series schedule. He registered his first career Monster Energy Series there in August 2016. Chase Elliott followed up in second while Joey Logano finished third.
NOTES: Jimmie Johnson, A.J. Allmendiger and Landon Cassill had to start in the back after going to backup cars because of separate practices on Saturday.
Elliott finished second to Logano last June at MI and second to Larson in August.
"Man, I don't know".
"We just weren't really where we needed to be", Keselowski said. "We had a 10th place auto and we finished third with it and I'm proud of that". Kyle (Busch) gave me a great push.
The Elk Grove native on Sunday earned his second victory of the season in NASCAR's top circuit, winning the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Truex has 10 stage victories this year.
Even though Larson led the most laps, he said he thought he had the third or fourth-best vehicle - behind Martin Truex Jr. and Busch.
"We had the best vehicle out there without a doubt - just inside lane restarts at the end killed us, so just stinks when you have to race like that, you know?"
Without a wreck or spin until Lap 149 of 200, the final quarter of the race brought out aggressive driving from those jockeying for a win. "We seen it the last couple restarts, so just wrong place".
The low line on starts and restarts had been awful all day.
The veteran, who drives for a two-car operation based out of Colorado, holds two victories, five top five and 11 top 10 finishes in 2017.
Truex got back up to sixth by the finish.
Kyle Larson claimed his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of 2017 and the third of his career Sunday in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the site of his first career win last August. The Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM Channel 90 will carry the live radio broadcast.
The series will go road course racing next weekend at Sonoma Raceway.