Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series, fought his way up the field to finish in second place at last weekend’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, ceding first to Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. With this result, Larson’s lead in the fight for the drivers’ title narrows to just one point over Truex.
Larson entered at a disadvantage when his car failed to pass inspection prior to Qualifying, causing him to start the race in 40th. He worked his way up to third by the end the first 80-lap stage, but was made to restart at the rear of the field in Stage 2 after speeding on pit road under caution. Again, Larson fought through the crowd, landing in second place – just behind Martin Truex Jr., who led the race for a full 152 laps.
This is Truex’s tenth career win, and his third this season.
“Yeah, I don’t know what we could have done to beat him,” says Kyle Larson. “He was obviously pretty fast with the lead there. It would have been fun to get to race him because I felt like I had the second-best car today; and it would have been interesting to get a restart with him earlier and get to hang with him that last run there. But we brought the Target Chevy home second after not being able to qualify and having to start last in the race and then having my speeding penalty there.”
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup calendar is the Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 16th.