MENCS: Kyle Larsonís Championship Hopes Take a Hit at Kansas


Kyle Larson driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing had been a Championship favorite for most of this yearís Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Entering the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday Larson was seeded 3rd in the Championship standings just 24 points behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Heíll leave Kansas below the cut line with the series heading into the Round of 8 for the playoffs.

Larson would come to pit road with 15 laps to go in the first stage with what looked to be an engine issue. His team would look under the hood and Larson came back out on track with Crew Chief Chad Johnson telling him to run as much as he could.

Unfortunately, Larson wouldnít be able to run much longer. On lap 76, Larsonís engine blew up for good.

This is the DNF for an engine failure since Larson became a full-time MENCS driver.

ďI felt it drop a cylinder or something, itís a disappointing way to finish our race and probably our season, but weíll be alright, said Larson.Ē

In what has been a stellar year for Larson in the MENCS he seemed to be a sure pick for the final four at Homestead to battle for the Championship.

Larson has three poles to go along with four wins this season which have come at Fontana, both Michigan races and Richmond.

Larson, clearly disappointed with todayís results can only hope for a miracle.

ďIíll cross my fingers and pray to anything I can pray to, but I donít think 29 points is enough. It sucks to have an engine failure, but it is what it is. Disappointing, but still a long race left to go, so maybe we can get lucky, said Larson.Ē

At the end of the race, Larson came up nine points short as Jimmie Johnson secured the 8th and final spot in the Round of 8.

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