The start to the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has been quiet for both Chip Ganassi Racing drivers. Neither are in the top five of the Cup points standings, as both Kyle Larson and his teammate Jamie McMurray has been further off in 2018 than they were in 2017.
McMurray, didn’t have a top 15 finish in the first six races to the season. He did finish third though at Texas and should be stronger this weekend at the Richmond Raceway. The Missouri native has five top seven finishes over his last nine Richmond starts. He’s due for a good run and should give his No. 1 Chevrolet that in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 (6:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Larson should too. He’s starting to come around. He was strong at Bristol this past week and won the last time out at Richmond last fall. He led 53 laps in the race. In fact, he has two top two finishes in his last three Richmond starts.
But, the thing to watch about Larson though is that he’s never finished in the top 10 in the spring race. He was 14th last year and 15th in 2016. He was also 12th in 2015. He also has struggled in total the last month or so, so don’t be shocked if Larson doesn’t contend this weekend.
Despite that, I think he does even with those stats. The last few spring races were run during the day. When the Cup Series races at night at Richmond, he finishes in the top two.
Bank of that.
In the two practice sessions, McMurray was fourth and third respectively while Larson was second and first respectively himself.