Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan again

Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan again

Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan once more

The first was for debris, and Larson beat Kyle Busch on the inside for the lead on the restart with 15 laps to go.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, though, holds just a five-point lead over Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr., who entered Sunday's race as the points leader and left MI with two stage victories and a sixth-place finish.

Kyle is on pace to set career highs in every category this season, but he has already reached, and will shatter his laps led number this season. Larson, who turned a final-round qualifying lap of 202.156 miles per hour after going 200.798 in practice, has a week of sprint-car racing scheduled before the Cup series goes to the road course at Sonoma, Calif., next weekend.

"I can't thank these guys enough", Larson said. "Danica got underneath me, then I was like just hold a pretty wheel here".

"We had a fast vehicle, and think we were going to win it either way, but when it came down to experience at the end, I'll take him". "The 3 Chevy was really, really fast, and it was cool to win it".

Unlike many dads who will spend Father's Day relaxing, hanging out with their kids and, probably, watching the U.S. Open, NASCAR racing dads have a different Sunday schedule lined up.

It's no secret that Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s season has been less than awesome, but Sunday looked up for him. "Our race cars have been a lot faster", Larson said.

Hylton finished second in Cup points three times in a career that spanned 1964 through 1993. "All-in-all, it's a good season so far and we'll continue to keep building on what we've got".

It was the third Cup win of Larson's career - and second in a row at MI. Over the last ten races, four drivers have won from the pole, but five winners have started outside the Top 10 in that same span.

Joey Logano finished third in the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford for Team Penske. "There were times I wondered if this was going to happen, " Millican said.

“(Crew chief) Alan Gustafson has a good feel for the (MIS) race track, ” Elliott said.

But judging from the races last season and in 2015, which already had noticeably smaller crowds, the audience Sunday diminished yet again. The multi-groove track suits his driving style well and he's got three career top-10 finishes here in six starts.

After starting 26th, Wallace was proud of his effort to break into the top 20. "I think it's expected". I was there in my rookie year and my early years and can still remember the stress, the frustration at times when you don't capitalize on an opportunity and then the elation when you are able to pull it off. Truex, Kyle Busch, Harvick, Bowyer, Logano, Keselowski, Hamlin and Elliott rounded out the top 10 with 30 cars on the lead. Names like Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Chase Elliott, and Jamie McMurray to name a few.

Don't like Logano? What about teammate Brad Keselowski? The Rochester Hills native finished 16th. "That was the only way we were going to do it". "The objective of having stages was really because the networks want more cautions, more restarts, because people tune in when we have a caution".

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