Avondale, AZ – No one in the entire Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is driving as well to start the season like Kyle Larson is. Larson, has only led 26 total laps in the first four races to 2017, three of which happened in Sunday’s Camping World 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway, but he’s right there in the end to win.
On a hot Sunday afternoon in the Arizona desert, Larson was right up front when it counted. He was second in the closing stages, but a caution flag flew with six laps-to-go. Instead of having a 3.23-second deficit to race leader Kyle Busch, Larson now was on his bumper.
The leaders hit pit road for the final time of the race with four to go, and Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet crew got him out first. Unfortunately though, three other cars decided to stay out, so instead of restarting with the lead, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver would restart fourth.
Despite a hard charge on the green-white-checkered finish, Larson would finish back to where he came from, second.
It was the third straight second place finish for Larson, as he came home second at Atlanta, second last weekend in Las Vegas and now second at Phoenix.
But, if you go back to the season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway last November, that’s four second place finishes in his last five starts. The race prior to Homestead last year, he came home third which was also at Phoenix.
So, dating back to Phoenix last November, to Phoenix now, Larson has five top three finishes in six tries.
One of these days those top threes are going to turn into wins, a lot of them.
Larson, holds a six point lead in the drivers standings heading into Fontana next weekend.