Just a little over a month ago, everyone was wondering if Kyle Larson had what it took to make the Chase this season. We all knew we had to still be patient with him, but would this be a year where he would be among the 16 drivers gunning for the championship.
Well, not only is he in the Chase, but he’s going to be a contender to win it.
Larson, could be a driver who could really shake some things up over the next 10 weeks, as he’s a driver that I could see racing for the championship in Homestead. Plus, if he is, he can realistically win the title in November.
The hard part is over, Larson is in the Chase. He’s finally won a race. Now, it’s time for him to showcase his skills and it all starts this weekend in Chicagoland. Larson, finished third there as a rookie in 2014 and seventh a year ago.
This year, he enters on the heels of three top three finishes in his last three starts including five top fives in the last seven races. He has some major momentum heading to a track that he’s done very well at.
I wouldn’t be shocked to see his No. 42 Chevrolet win on Sunday. If he doesn’t though, a top 10 is in store which in turn, as long as he sustains this success, he’s into Round Two.
In 2014, he had two top six finishes in the three second round tracks, so it’s not out of the realm to think he can make it to the third round on points if he has to. We race the third round at Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix, so if Larson stays hot and can win one of those races, he’s into the final round at a place where running the high lane rewards drivers.
Larson thrives at Homestead.
So, as you can see, Larson’s Chase chances really hamper on a great finish this weekend. I think he can do it.