Chevrolet may have been down on power it seems during this 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. But, for some reason, that doesn’t seem to be fazing Kyle Larson much. On 1.5-mile tracks like the one that we will race at this weekend in the Kentucky Speedway, Larson has finished in the top four in three of his six tries. He was runner-up two weeks ago in Chicago and look to be among the best in the field that day. In fact, out of those six races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2018, Larson has finished in the top 10 in five of them. On two bigger tracks at Fontana (2-miles in length) and Pocono (2.5-miles in length), he brought his No. 42 Chevrolet home runner-up.
So, mix that with Larson’s second place finish last year in Kentucky and you get a driver that can easily win Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Plus, in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, on two tracks of 1.5-miles, he won at both (Las Vegas, Chicagoland).
Larson, seems to be good in terms of making the playoffs on points too. So, even if he doesn’t win in the regular season, he has more than enough of a cushion to fall back on. That means he can take some risks this weekend and give up stage points for a win in the end if needed. He can gamble as much as needed to get his Chip Ganassi Racing entry to victory lane.
While he has just one lead lap finish in Kentucky, he’s going to be a factor under the lights this weekend.