Kyle Larson captured his fourth NASCAR XFINITY Series victory of the season on Friday night at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway, all coming in his last five starts in the series. Now, he’s hoping that he can give Chevrolet a clean sweep of the NASCAR weekend on the .533-mile Tennessee oval for Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Last year, Kyle Busch swept all three races during this very same race weekend at Bristol as he was victorious in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the NASCAR XFINITY Series race as well as the Cup Series race too.
Due to the Truck Series race being the final race of their regular season, no Cup drivers were allowed to compete in it. That meant no one would sweep the weekend this year.
Or did it?
Chevrolet as a manufacturer will try to get the brooms out in Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and win all three races themselves.
On Thursday night, Johnny Sauter won the UNOH 200 Truck Series race. Chevy drivers finished 1-2-3-4 and even took home sixth to put five drivers in the top six of the final finishing order.
Larson won Friday night’s Food City 300 as Chevy had 10 of the top 13 finishers. Now, can Larson or another Chevy driver win on Saturday night?
They swept the front row as Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet earned the pole while Chase Elliott will start alongside in his No. 9 Chevrolet.
Larson, is the top favorite as Bristol is a track that he considers his best.
In just the XFINITY Series alone, Larson has led 582 laps over his last three starts. He led 202 laps on Friday night in his win. He led 200 more laps in a third place run before that and 180 more circuits in his start before that. On the Cup side, he finished runner-up in the spring after leading 200 laps. He led 70 laps in this race last August.
In the spring 2017 race, he led 202 laps.
So, over his last three XFINITY Series starts he’s led 582 laps at Bristol and over his last three Cup starts he’s led 472 laps.
See why he’s the favorite?
He was in the top six on the 10 lap average chart in both practice sessions on Friday and was actually quickest in final practice.
Busch may be his top competitor. He’s won a 21 times at Bristol in his NASCAR career including beating Larson this past April. He started on the pole for Friday night’s XFINITY Series race and led the opening 69 laps before blowing a tire and crashing. He was in the top 10 in both practice sessions on Friday including fastest in final practice. He’s won six times already this season and has as many top five finishes this year already than his career high for an entire season.
Saturday night may be a Kyle vs. Kyle show.