Larson Outlasts Elliott at Michigan


For much of Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. appeared likely to sweep the proceedings.

On Friday, Kyle Larson proved he had the fastest auto at Michigan International Raceway, winning his third career pole.

Larson heads to his home track next week at Sonoma Raceway, in which he has a best finish of 12th in three starts.

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series makes the first of two 2017 stops at Michigan International Speedway this afternoon. "For not having the dominant vehicle, to do everything right to get a win today, was special". After a couple good restarts, then restarting fourth, yeah, I got a real good shot at winning this thing if I could get a good start. "He was the class of the field".

"I really think we over-achieved today from what we had on Friday and Saturday and even last night, I was getting a little nervous about how the day was going to go", Elliott said. "To come out a victor, it makes it that much more exciting, I guess".

Larson got to the finish line.993 seconds ahead of Chase Elliott, who, like third-place finisher Joey Logano, felt he got the most out of his auto. Their dominance carried over to the race Sunday, at least at the start. The damage done to Patrick's vehicle was enough to warrant a last-place finish. Longtime series driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. finished 26th in his Cup debut last week.

In each of the final four cautions Truex found himself in the inside lane.

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After winning the first two stages, Truex led the field to green on Lap 127 followed by Kyle Busch, Larson, Kenseth, Bowyer, Harvick, Hamlin, Elliott, Kahne, Daniel Suarez and Trevor Bayne.

Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 20 top-10 finishes at MI while Kevin Harvick has finished second in five of the last eight races at MI. On Lap 163, Larson dive-bombed Elliott and took over third. Joey Logano was third, Denny Hamlin took fourth and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five. Ryan Blaney, who had pitted under the caution flag, ran him down and passed Busch for the race win shortly after the race restarted. "He had probably about a second on me".

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Martin Truex won the first two stages of the race but finished sixth, ceding the points lead to Larson. "I mean, really, the people who run good, the people that put themselves in position are going to win, period".

"Stewart-Haas, they were one of our key teams", said Chevrolet's NASCAR manager Alba Colon. We are very honest about that. Now's your chance to get DFSR PRO, which will give you access to our NBA optimizer, NBA Player Lab and our basic National Hockey League projections! "We have some work to do for Sunday". "To see how Chip Ganassi Racing has a step up in the game has been fantastic". The two drivers went into turn one side-by-side, but Larson was able to pull away to take the checkered flag. Truex has 20, Jimmie Johnson (thanks to three victories) has 15 and Larson has 13.

Truex and Larson were 1-2 in the points standings coming into the race, and Truex was second to Larson in qualifying.

"I didn't think we had a very good vehicle coming into the day and the guys made a lot of gains", Elliott said of his Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet crew, adding he felt the team "overachieved" from the weekend's starting point.