He may have started all the way from the middle of the field but falling short of a Top 10 finish isn’t what Kyle Larson wanted.
After farewelling New Hampshire, Larson is looking to make out lost time when he steps back in the No.42 Chevrolet this Friday at Pocono Raceway.
Kyle Larson started from 20th where he struggled to gain or even lost a spot in 21st.
When Landon Cassill spun on Lap 15, Larson took the opportunity to pit with four new tires and a little adjustment.
He didn’t gain a lot of spots through the next two restarts until Larson made his significant breakthrough during the competition stop on Lap 35.
That’s where Larson gambled for only right side tires & fuel before gaining up to 14th.
From there, Larson at one point ran as high as 7th but felt the No.42 car is unbalanced as he finished 15th in Stage 1.
His next stop took so much time when Larson had to pit twice to ensure his lug nuts doesn’t fall out.
He restarted from 31st and regained several spots up to 18th as Larson braces for a positive outcome in Stage 3.
Larson tried to strengthen his No.42 car with a wedge adjustment which did help him ran inside the Top 10 most of the time.
But despite using the opportunity to put under caution before the checkered flag, a lack of maximum grip did ultimately cost him a Top 10 finish in 12th.
2018 Foxwoods Resort & Casino 301 Loop Data Statistics
- Start: 20th
- Middle: 18th
- Finish: 12th
- Highest Position: 6th
- Lowest Spot: 35th
- Average Run: 15th
- Pass Difference: 28
- Green Flag Passes: 105, Times Passed: 77
- Quality Passes: 42, 40%
- Fastest Lap: 2
- Top 15 Laps: 184, 61.1%
- Total Laps: 301
- Driver Rating: 79.8
Kyle Larson’s Pocono Raceway Cup Record
- Nine Starts
- 1406 of 1418 Laps Completed, 99.2%
- 66 Laps Led
- Two Top 5, 22.2%
- Five Top 10, 55.6%
- Average Start: 13.9 & Finish: 10.6
- June 2014, 5th
- August 2014, 14th
- June 2015, 8th
- August 2015, 12th
- June 2016, 11th
- August 2016, 6th
- June 2017, 7th
- July 2017, 33rd
- June 2018, 2nd
Kyle Larson’s 2018 Cup Series Season So Far.
- 20 Races
- 5333 of 5708 Laps Completed, 93.4%
- 365 Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 1st, May 2018 in Dover & June 2018 in Sonoma
- Best Finish: 2nd, March in Fontana, April in Bristol & June in Pocono
- Six Top 5, 30%
- 11 Top 10 finishes, 55%
- Average Start: 12.5 & Finish: 13.4
- DNFs: Three, Crash (Texas, Talladega & Daytona 2)
- He currently sits 8th in the Drivers’ Standings with 606 Points.
- 19th, Daytona 500
- 9th, Atlanta
- 3rd, Las Vegas
- 18th, Phoenix
- 2nd, Fontana
- 16th, Martinsville
- 36th, Texas
- 2nd, Bristol
- 7th, Richmond
- 40th, Talladega
- 2nd, Dover
- 4th, Kansas
- 7th, Charlotte
- 2nd, Pocono
- 28th, Michigan
- 14th, Sonoma
- 2nd, Chicagoland
- 29th, Daytona 2
- 9th, Kentucky
- 12th, New Hampshire
There are not many words to say when it comes to finishing 12th at New Hampshire.
Kyle Larson said he thought he did everything he can to steer the No.42 Chevrolet home inside the Top 7.
But he’s unhappy with the grip as if the race continued under green without incident; then he would’ve accomplished that goal.
You can’t tell when these cautions came out because that’s where the strategy game comes into play & that changes everything.
At least he found it better to pull it from 20th to 12th which is the only positive Larson found at New Hampshire.
Moving onto Pocono and Larson finished 2nd a couple of weeks ago which gathers plenty of momentum.
If he can pull it off one position better this Sunday, then he’s up for the Championship contention in two months time.
Larson aims to be the best of “The Big Three” when it comes to young drivers.
He’s not afraid to pick up a fight against the dominant cars as his first win of 2018 is still up for grabs.
It could be his best moment yet as July nearly comes to a close in time for August.
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Image and Statistics Source: Racing Reference