Kyle Larson & the No.42 Chip Ganassi Racing are happy with the rebound they have during Sunday at Watkins Glen.
Now, Larson is pumped up for another opportunity to wrap up his 4th win at the Irish Hills of Michigan this Sunday.
He’s off to a great start where he maintained his run with a solid set-up No.42 car during the first installment.
Despite finishing 23rd in this stage, Larson pitted three laps before the pit window shut down with four new tires & fuel.
Strategy-wise, it’s well worth the risk to rotate the green flag pit cycle.
Larson didn’t hear a lot of feedback from the No.42 car that much when he ran the Top 10 throughout Stage 2 & came home 8th.
Before the next stage began, Larson still has plenty of fuel to make it to his last stop halfway of Stage 3 & give his best shot towards the checkered flag.
Yes, he did pit at the right place at the right time.
But it was under caution rather than the green flag when Matt DiBenedetto’s engine expired at the bus stop on Lap 53.
Back to his last stop, Larson’s balance looks good as usual as the No.42 inserted the wedge adjustment alongside new tires & fuel to help him push closer towards a Top 5 spot as possible.
And he may fall short of a Top 5 finish, but Kyle Larson did have a great run on producing another Top 10 performance in 6th.
2018 Go Bowling at The Glen Loop Data Statistics
- Start: 5th
- Middle: 7th
- Finish: 6th
- Highest Position: 3rd
- Lowest Spot: 23rd
- Average Run: 8th
- Pass Difference: -16
- Green Flag Passes: 16, Times Passed: 32
- Quality Passes: 11, 68.8%
- Top 15 Laps: 86, 95.6%
- Total Laps: 90
- Driver Rating: 122.2
Kyle Larson’s Michigan Cup Run
In his recent appearance two months ago, Larson couldn’t tie his fourth straight Michigan win.
It went from a mistimed pit stop to spinning out at the final corner while trying to pass Kyle Busch.
He was in a right headspace in 8th at the time where he walked away early as the race ended early thanks to the interruption of rain.
Let’s move aside from this performance, from late 2016 to throughout last year, Larson has demonstrated top quality ability where he won three Michigan races in a row during that spell.
Before he took that first win, Larson finished 8th in his first Top 10 four years ago.
Since then, he experienced a couple of inconsistent finishes later in 2014 to the entirety of 2015 and then his first Top 5 run of 3rd in June 2016.
- Nine Starts
- 1567 of 1673 Laps Completed, 93.7%
- 150 Laps Led
- Three Wins, 33.3%
- Four Top 5s, 44.4%
- Five Top 10s, 55.6%
- Average Start: 14.4 & Finish: 12.8
- DNF: One
Kyle Larson’s 2018 Cup Series Season So Far.
- 22 Races
- 5587 of 5962 Laps Completed, 93.7%
- 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, 27.3%
- 12 Top 10 finishes, 54.5%
- Average Start: 13 & Finish: 13.5
- DNFs: Three, Crash (Texas, Talladega & Daytona 2)
- He currently sits 8th in the Drivers’ Standings with 660 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
- 23rd, Pocono
- 6th, Watkins Glen
The last time Larson scored a Cup Series Top 10 at The Glen & overall on a road course is four years ago where he finished 4th.
After years of inconsistency, Larson correctly completed the puzzle of what has been his 2nd Top 10 Watkins Glen finish.
It’s surprising to see that Larson has yet to score a Top 10 at Sonoma despite scoring two pole awards during last & this year.
Don’t forget that Watkins Glen & Sonoma won’t be the only road courses on the Cup calendar this season.
By the end of next month, Larson has another opportunity to improve his road course record when Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts its first Playoffs race on a roval.
Most of the course layout is a mixture of left and right turns then there’s a mini battle at two banking turns before completing the lap with the chicane.
That’s one of the races everyone is talking about as there’s never a Playoff race held on a roval before, he’ll revisit that in September.
For now, he’s hoping that his 6th place run at The Glen will help him build on another win in front of fans at Michigan for the fourth time this Sunday.
He knows this is the event he’s been waiting for as it well may be the revival of Kyle Larson come Playoffs time.
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