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Kyle Larson Claims First Win At Pure Michigan 400


Kyle Larson led 41 laps Sunday to claim his first career Sprint Cup Series win in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The win came in Larson’s 99 career start, and also snapped a 99 race winless streak for Chip Ganassi Racing. Rookie Chase Elliott finished second followed by Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick to round out the top 5.

Kyle Larson took the lead on the races final restart from Chase Elliott with nine to go, and never looked back. The 24 year old from Elk Grove California has came close on numerous occasions the past few seasons, but he wouldn’t be denied despite almost losing the race when lap traffic got in the way within 20 to go while chasing the lead.

The win for Larson came during a “Must Win To Be In” scenario after losing almost 50 points in the two prior races. Now they can rest assured that come Richmond, a chance for a Championship will happen for them during the Chase.

“I was tearing up that whole last few laps because I could just feel it,” Larson told NBCSN after the race. “It was finally going to be it; wasn’t going to have a caution.”

Larson also took the time to remember deceased racer and good friend Bryan Clauson in the interview.

“This one’s for the Clauson family, we’re really missing Bryan,” Kyle Larson said. “We love you guys; we’re going to miss him. We parked it for him, so that’s really cool.”

Other storylines from Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 At Michigan International Speedway include:

  • Chase hopeful Chris Buescher suffered engine problems in the opening laps, causing a setback that would see him finish 35th, 7 laps down. Despite it though, he remains 7 points clear of 31st place David Ragan.
  • This weekend marked the first time in NASCAR history that first time winners in each of the three National series on the same weekend: Larson at Michigan in the Cup series. Michael McDowell at Road America in the XFINITY Series and Brian Moffitt winning the Michigan Truck Series race.
  • Jimmie Johnson may have just broke his string of bad luck thanks to a 6th place finish. Johnson ran up front for the majority of the race and looked like his good self despite a struggling summer which had included several uncharacteristic DNF’s for the 48 team.
  • Kyle Busch caused the second caution of the day on the Lap 26 restart when he got loose out of Turn 4 and spun into the frontstretch grass. He would recover to finish a modest 19th.

Next Race Up: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series goes in throwback mode next weekend at Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles’ Southern 500