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TBT: Kyle Larson Wins Three in a Row at Michigan

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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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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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