Kyle Larson worked so hard to make up for screwing up both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway last year on pit road. See, he led 202 laps last spring, only to speed late in the race and finish sixth. Then, in the August night race, he led 70 more laps, only to have problems again and finished ninth.
He worked in practice on pit road speeds this weekend. He had all his ts crossed and i’s dotted.
Larson, led a race-high 200 of the 500 laps in Monday’s weather delayed Food City 500 but finished runner-up to Kyle Busch. He was passed by Busch with just six laps-to-go in the race on the .533-mile concrete Tennessee oval, and finished 0.628-seconds behind.
That was gutting to the Chip Ganassi Racing driver. He had such a great car but couldn’t seal the deal. He was even spun on the front stretch by Ryan Newman on Lap 323 and rebounded to get the lead back a little over 100 laps later, but couldn’t prevail.
That’s frustrating for the driver, especially with how this season has gone for him. He hasn’t had the speed that it takes to win. Yes, he finished third in Las Vegas and second at Fontana, but those races he never realistically had a legitimate shot to win. This weekend at Bristol he did.