Kyle Larson Makes 4-Wide Move For Win In Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400

Brooklyn, MI – For most of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400, it was a Toyota vs. Ford battle. After all, they led the first 200 laps, which happens to be the scheduled distance of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Michigan International Speedway.

But, this race went to overtime.

Kyle Larson during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 11, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

With five laps-to-go, Michael McDowell and Paul Menard got into each other in Turn 2, bringing out the fifth and final caution of the day. That caution and the ensuing red flag for clean up would completely change the aspect of Sunday’s race. 

It was shaping up to be a Furniture Row Racing battle for the win. Over the final stage, it was Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones running 1-2 and on the final restart with three to go, they would be right there.

But, someone forgot to tell Kyle Larson that the race wasn’t over. Larson, shot out of a cannon on the final restart, making it four-wide entering Turn 1 and shooting by everyone into the lead for the first time all day.

He’d lead the final two laps, the only two laps of the day his No. 42 Chevrolet was out front on the two-mile track, as well as the only two laps Chevrolet would lead on Sunday, and take his Chip Ganassi Racing entry to victory lane for the third straight time at MIS.

Larson, earned his first career Cup victory in this very race a year ago. Since, he hasn’t lost on a two-mile track.

Larson, swept the weekend at Fontana back in March, another two-mile track, reaching victory lane in both the Cup race as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the California oval too.

Then, at Michigan back in June, Larson won.

On Sunday, he did it again, for his fourth win of his career, all of which on two-mile tracks. It also ends a skid of his that saw him finish 23rd or worse in four of the last six races.

Truex, would bring his No. 78 Toyota home second for his third straight top three finish and fifth in the last six weeks. He led 57 laps on Sunday.

Truex’s FRR teammate of Jones would finish third tying his best career Cup finish. He’d lead five laps in his No. 77 Toyota and earn his third straight top 10 finish and fifth in the last seven weeks.

Ryan Newman charged from a 25th starting position to finish fourth in his No. 31 Chevrolet. It was his second top five finish over the last four weeks.

Trevor Bayne brought his No. 6 Ford home fifth for his first top five of the year.

The finishing order was a bit different than normal weeks lately with Newman, Bayne, Chris Buescher and Austin Dillon finishing fourth through seventh.

Pole sitter Brad Keselowski led a race-high 105 of the 202 laps on Sunday but finished a disappointing 17th.

The series heads under the lights for the last three races of the regular season, as they head to Bristol next Saturday night (7:30 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN).

Pure Michigan 400 Results:

  1. 42 Larson
  2. 78 Truex Jr.
  3. 77 Jones R
  4. 31 Newman
  5.  6 Bayne
  6. 37 Buescher
  7.  3 A. Dillon
  8. 24 Elliott
  9.  1 McMurray
  10. 18 KyBusch
  11. 41 KuBusch
  12. 43 Almirola
  13.  4 Harvick
  14. 88 Earnhardt Jr.
  15. 21 Blaney
  16. 11 Hamlin
  17.  2 Keselowski
  18. 17 Stenhouse Jr.
  19. 48 Johnson
  20. 47 Allmendinger
  21. 13 T. Dillon R
  22. 10 Patrick
  23. 14 Bowyer
  24. 20 Kenseth
  25. 34 Cassill -2
  26. 32 DiBenedetto -2
  27. 95 McDowell -2
  28. 22 Logano -2
  29. 72 Whitt -3
  30. 38 Ragan -3
  31. 23 LaJoie R -3
  32. 83 Moffitt R -4
  33. 55 Sorenson -5
  34. 27 Menard -6
  35. 33 Earnhardt -9
  36. 51 McLeod OUT
  37. 19 Suarez R OUT
  38.  5 Kahne OUT
  39. 15 Cope OUT

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