Kyle Larson Dominates Cup Race in Michigan, Elliott Comes Home 2nd for 3rd Straight Time at MIS

I called this on Monday, but Kyle Larson dominated Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Michigan International Speedway, leading 96 of the 200 laps en route to his third career victory.

Larson, got by Kyle Busch on a late race restart with under 20 laps-to-go, and never looked back, despite two more restarts.

The restarts at the end were what showed that Larson is going to be a star in this series as he made everyone else look silly. He used the side draft entering Turn 1 and used that momentum to power his Chip Ganassi Racing entry out to a wide lead leaving Turn 2. 

But, it wasn’t like me calling this win earlier this week was anything impressive though. Larson, won the last time the series visited the 2-mile oval, and his only other Cup win other than today was at Fontana, another 2-mile track on the circuit.

So, for Larson to take his No. 42 Chevrolet to victory lane today wasn’t surprising. He started on the pole and was in the top 10 of all three practice sessions this weekend.

For the third time in as many tries, Chase Elliott came home runner-up at Michigan. It was his second top five in the last three races, all three of those races ended up in the top 10 too. This is a crucial stretch that ended his slump that saw him come away with four straight sub 20th place finishes.

Today was also a slump buster for the third place finisher Joey Logano too. He had eight top six finishes in the first nine races of the season, but he had zero top 20’s in the five races after. Sunday, he came away with his ninth straight top 10 at Michigan in his No. 22 Ford.

Denny Hamlin brought his No. 11 Toyota home fourth for his third top 10 result in the last four races, two of which in the top five, while Jamie McMurray gave Ganassi two cars in the top five with his ninth top 10 finish of the season coming home fifth.

The only other driver to have anything for Larson was Martin Truex Jr. He started his No. 78 Toyota second and won the first two stages today. But, a pit call put him outside the top five on a late restart and he wouldn’t ever get back up front. He’d come home sixth.

The series now heads back west for the first road course race of the season next Sunday at Sonoma (3 p.m. ET/FS1/PRN).

FireKeepers Casino 400 Results: 

  1. 42 Larson
  2. 24 Elliott
  3. 22 Logano
  4. 11 Hamlin
  5.  1 McMurray
  6. 78 Truex Jr.
  7. 18 KyBusch
  8. 17 Stenhouse Jr.
  9. 88 Earnhardt Jr.
  10. 48 Johnson
  11. 20 Kenseth
  12. 41 KuBusch
  13. 77 Jones R
  14.  4 Harvick
  15. 31 Newman
  16.  2 Keselowski
  17.  6 Bayne
  18. 47 Allmendinger
  19. 43 Wallace Jr. R
  20. 13 T. Dillon R
  21.  5 Kahne
  22. 27 Menard
  23. 95 McDowell
  24. 19 Suarez R
  25. 21 Blaney
  26. 14 Bowyer
  27.  3 A. Dillon
  28. 32 DiBenedetto
  29. 38 Ragan
  30. 83 LaJoie R
  31. 72 Whitt
  32. 34 Cassill
  33. 23 Sieg R
  34. 15 Sorenson
  35. 33 Earnhardt
  36. 37 Buescher
  37. 10 Patrick OUT

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