Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

MENCS: Kyle Larson Continues His Impressive Finishes

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Coming off his best Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Season season to date, Kyle Larson continues to impress in his fourth full-time season.

In his last 10 races, dating back to last season, the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing has five top ten and three top-15 finishes. His worst finish came at Kansas where he finished 30th.

In addition, in three of his last four races, Larson has finished second three times, while the other finish was 12th in the Daytona 500.

After winning the second Michigan race last year, Larson has been highly impressive. One week after his first MENCS victory, Larson almost tamed the Lady in Black, Darlington Raceway, where he finished third, followed by a second place finish a week later at Richmond.

In Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas, Larson was poised for a third-place finish before leader Brad Keselowski slowed on the track after noting the car wouldn’t turn and that he lost brakes. As Keselowski fell through the field, Larson improved to second, but was unable to catch the eventual race winner, Martin Truex Jr.

“Our day was really solid,” noted Larson in his post-race interview. “I think we finished second in the first stage, third in the second stage and then finished second here in the race. So super happy with how our season has gotten started. Way better than where I’ve ever started a season.”

So far this season Larson has a 12th place finish and a pair of seconds. He has completed all 792 laps ran so far while leading 23 of them.

“I’m really happy about that, proud of our team,” He added. “Had fun today. You know, the stages were really exciting, or the ends of them, because of the way the cautions fell and different pit strategies and stuff, people staying out, made it exciting taking off.”

Larson will head to Phoenix Raceway second in points and looking for his first win of 2017, something that he knows is right around the corner.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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