Kyle Larson looked unlucky following the threat of a loose wheel in Stage 1 & contact to the left rear quarter panel with Joey Logano midway Stage 3.
The No.42 Camaro looked fast where he was one point challenging the Top 10.
But with the compromise of the mechanical faults possibly getting worse, there’s nothing Larson can do about it with dismay at the finish line.
The No.42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 began the race from 17th where he’s comfortable ran as high as 9th.
Once the competition caution came out, Larson made his first stop for new tires, fuel & a wedge adjustment as he restarted in 17th.
But he reported a vibration over loose tire which saw him visit on pit road straight away.
So his crew changed all four tires to get that problem fixed before Larson returned out on track with a lap down & finished 32nd in Stage 1.
With the problems Larson witnessed from Stage 1, his No.42 crew added the same treatment used from his first stop during the stage break to see how the car reacts this time around.
After Ryan Newman lost control on Lap 73, Larson led the field out of the outside lead lap cars as he won the lucky dog.
That allowed an excellent opportunity for his crew members to diagnose & further add treatment to the No.42 car when Larson pitted under caution.
Larson’s run towards the end of Stage 2 looks great as he’s able to pass a couple of drivers & finish off this stage in 10th.
With the car running back to normal, Larson only needed a refill of gas & new tires as he restarted Stage 3 in 8th.
Although he’s comfortable with that initial run in the Top 10, Larson began to complain about the left rear quarter panel rubbing following contact with Joey Logano.
With the threat of the condition possibly going worse, the No.42 crew spent a bit more time getting that left rear quarter panel fixed.
It cost Larson plenty of time as he raced back inside the Top 20 before he made a quick re-fill of gas with less than ten to go.
As the green flag pit cycle ends, Larson endured a tough day in the office as he crossed the finish line in 17th.
Kyle Larson’s 2018 Cup Series Season So Far.
- 23 Races
- 5787 of 6162 Laps Completed, 93.9%
- 365 Laps Led
- Six Top 5, 26.1%
- 12 Top 10 finishes, 54.2%
- Average Start: 13.2 & Finish: 13.7
- DNFs: Three, Crash (Texas, Talladega & Daytona 2)
- He currently sits 10th in the Drivers’ Standings with 681 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
- 17th, Michigan 2
The No.42 Chevrolet Camaro looked very fast having given a lifeline via the free pass & bounced back in the Top 10 in Stage 2.
He tried to build on the second stage into a remarkable recovery towards the end of the race.
But with interruptions of possible mechanical faults threatening Larson, he had to act & complain about what happened inside the car.
He would’ve liked to finish well in Stage 1 if he didn’t suffer a possible loose wheel.
That’s one chance gone off earlier on as Larson had another opportunity to regroup and get back towards the middle to top pack.
Unfortunately, he’s unhappy with the tag from Joey Logano where he’s hearing some rubs coming off the left rear quarter panel.
Even worse, Larson left Michigan this year with no Top 10 finishes throughout June & August events in contrast to 2017 with two wins in hand at this track.
Larson & the No.42 Chip Ganassi Racing Crew have come here with high hopes of optimism.
The Camaro is capable of challenging the Top 10 having demonstrated pure quality even though he had to recover from the rear.
It’s only the outcome that isn’t what they’re when dealing with these damages & loses time once Larson returns on the race track.
Without the interruptions suffered yesterday, Larson would’ve been happy & say “it’s fair enough, we’ve finished in the Top 10.”
Larson & the No.42 team will move on and focus better at Bristol for Saturday night’s race.
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