Kyle Larson rolled off the line in 10th where he went off to a great start in 9th.
He stayed inside the Top 10 within the first 30-35 laps.
But at times, Larson may have fallen off the pace as Daniel Suarez & AJ Allmendinger pushed him down in 11th.
Even though two cautions came out during this opening segment, Larson tried to change his game to move back up & go for spots within the 5th-7th pack.
However, the No.42 Chevrolet couldn’t help to where Larson wanted to direct as he finished 12th.
Instead of a Wedge, the No.42 Team added the air pressure in the hope of a better next run.
From 10th, Larson couldn’t find the feel he’s after.
That’s where he lost a couple of places.
For most of the time, his race car struggled very terribly down outside the Top 20.
With no caution, Larson had no choice but to finish in 23rd.
After a disappointing most recent run, Larson looked more desperate this time with a big wedge adjustment.
He hoped that he could turn better after the next restart.
But the symptoms persist as Larson remained battling in 25th during the first portion of the final installment.
Larson tried everything he can to push further up the field before his day went bad to worse with less than 100 to go.
As his engine expired down at Turn 3, Larson had to climb out of the car where he too ended his day early in 37th.
Kyle Larson’s 2018 Cup Series Season So Far.
- 33 Races
- 8852 of 9334 Laps Completed, 94.8%
- 737 Laps Led
- 10 Top 5, 30.3%
- 17 Top 10 finishes, 51.5%
- Average Start: 12.7 & Finish: 12.1
- DNFs: Four, Crash (Texas, Talladega & Daytona 2) & Engine (Martinsville 2)
- He currently sits 11th in the Drivers’ Standings with 2179 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
- 2nd, Bristol 2
- 3rd, Darlington
- 14th, Indianapolis
- 2nd, Las Vegas 2
- 7th, Richmond 2
- 25th, Charlotte Roval
- 12th, Dover 2
- 11th, Talladega 2
- 3rd, Kansas 2
- 37th/Engine, Martinsville 2
There’s not too much you can say about today’s performance regarding him & the No.42 Team.
The qualifying went okay just inside the Top 10 hoping for a better race day run.
Unfortunately, the struggling race car and ultimately a blown engine has disappointed him.
That’s where Larson couldn’t execute the areas he’s after with hard cornering & not enough maximum speed.
It’s how he lost a lot of spots that aren’t the kind of expectation Larson wanted to achieve.
And eventually, the engine blew up just under 100 to go.
Not fair for Larson to suffer a miss the semi-finals through inconsistent results based on struggling race cars.
And even on any poor performance like today’s run in Martinsville.
Again, if he were running on a fast race car, he’d do very well.
That means Larson will have a fair chance and pull off onto his way into victory lane.
It hasn’t been that way over the past few weeks, and now he begs the No.42 race car to change positively.
It’s still possible with three races left in 2018.
For now, Larson has returned home in North Carolina before resting up for the rebound at Texas next weekend.
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