TBT: Kyle Larson Wins Three in a Row at Michigan


In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we relive Kyle Larson’s dominance at Michigan International Speedway.

Larson won both races at the two-mile oval track located in Brooklyn, Michigan last season and has shown his dominance at the track since his first Cup victory came there in August of 2016.

The 25-year old Elk Grove, California native moved from the fourth position to first in overtime to score his third consecutive win at MIS. Larson passed leader Martin Truex Jr., on the first of the final two laps that remained in the race.

Larson became the first driver to win three cup races in a row at the track since Bill Elliott who won four in a row from 1985-1986.

The victory ended a slump at the time for Larson who had finished out of the top-20 in three straight races.

“I was running a few options through my head if I got a good jump, that was one of them, and it worked out. We weren’t as good the last two times we won (at Michigan), but we got some good restarts, persevered and got it done. It’s a week I’ll never forget, Larson said.”

It was quite the weekend for Larson who also raced that Saturday in the Knoxville Nationals from Knoxville Speedway in Iowa.

Larson had won Wednesday’s sprint car A main event after starting ninth but had to rely on his team owner and boss Chip Ganassi to give him the okay to return.

Larson went on to lose to Donny Schatz and returned to MIS for the MENCS event but said it was “still a heckuva race.”

The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will look to tie Bill Elliott with the only drivers to win four races in a row at MIS come Sunday afternoon.

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Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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