Kyle Larson took his third win of the season and his third straight win at Michigan International Speedway, further solidifying his playoff contention. He won on the last two laps of the 400-mile race, which was mostly led by either Brad Keselowski or Martin Truex Jr.
Starting from ninth position, Larson ran a steady race in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet SS. He admits that his car didn’t look like a contender for the win from the beginning, but Larson’s consistency throughout the race distance allowed him a chance to steal the victory on the final restart leading into overtime. A series of aggressive moves from the second row on the final restart put him in the position to pass Truex Jr. for the lead. Truex Jr. struggled on cold tires and with a light tap, Larson nudged the No. 42 Chevrolet ahead of him for the lead.
“My other three wins I felt like we had the first- or second-best car, but today at times I didn’t think we were a top-10 car. But to get the win that way is awesome,” Larson remarked. Truex Jr. crossed the checkered in second place followed by rookie Erik Jones.
Outside of Kyle Larson’s win, it was a good day for Chevrolet, with five Chevrolet powered cars making the top ten, excluding Larson. The No 31. of Ryan Newman, No. 37 of Chris Buescher, No. 3 of Austin Dillon, No. 24 of Chase Elliott, and No. 1 of Jamie McMurray came in fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth respectively, locking out the majority of the top ten for Chevrolet. Toyota driver and Michigan native Erik Jones took third.f
In the playoff standings, Kyle Larson’s third win jumps him up to second place, while Truex Jr. sits comfortably in first place.
Fellow Chevrolet driver Jimmie Johnson is in 11th, while retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in 22nd place. Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray are seventh and eighth in the regular season points, but remain winless, putting them on the bubble for the playoffs. With three regular season races left, a win from either of these two could shake up the playoff standings in a major way.