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Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan again

Kristopher Love | 20 June, 2017, 03:13

Truex, Kyle Busch, Harvick, Bowyer, Logano, Keselowski, Hamlin and Elliott rounded out the top 10 with 30 cars on the lead. A career-best third-place run at Pocono leaves him red hot heading to the type of track his Furniture Row Racing team excels on.

NASCAR officials received a considerable amount of criticism on Sunday night due to a late debris caution that completely changed the course of the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The finish was similar to the race at MI last August, when Larson took the lead on a restart with nine laps left en route to his first Cup win. It is also nice to see Truex Jr's price drop $300 this week at a track he has done well at in the past. No need for any of these teams to panic yet as we now have 12 races remaining in the regular season before the Playoffs begin but expect the drivers without that win to push a little harder at the end of each stage to gain as many points as possible. He had a commanding lead on all drivers with ten stage wins with the second place being Kyle Busch, with four stage wins. "We'll keep plugging away to get that pole". While there's no doubting Larson's talent, the same can not be said for the perennially underachieving Chip Ganassi-owned team, which before this season struggled to provide its drivers with winning equipment.

Elliott's second place finish marked the third straight finish in the runner-up spot at MI for the Hendrick Motorsport driver.

Through 15 races, Busch is still winless in 2017.

"We had a couple of opportunities to get the lead, and unfortunately, it just didn't work out, but we'll move on. Congratulations to Kyle", said Elliott, 21. We are balancing our cars better and trying to get to where we can get into the corner better. With Joey Logano, the lone Ford, posting the third fastest speed at 200.479 miles per hour. Next race: American Ethanol E15 250 Presented by Enogen, June 24, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa.

Then Clint Bowyer went into the wall, bringing out a caution. He led the first 34 laps of the race. Although winless, the 41-year-old McMurray is a solid seventh in points and, barring a complete collapse, likely playoff bound. His biggest competition came in the form of Martin Truex Jr. for most of the day. Over the last ten races, four drivers have won from the pole, but five winners have started outside the Top 10 in that same span. Everyone else is over 100 points behind.

Martin Truex Jr. dominated three-fourths of the race but on a restart with 49 laps remaining he had trouble getting up to speed, dropping to ninth.

Clint Bowyer was third in qualifying, followed by Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney, last week's victor. Jimmie Johnson, who started at the back after going to his backup vehicle, finished 10th. I like the speed in race trim. Every other restart was on the bottom. "It really feels like the auto rides really rough".

"We don't turn our engines very high because we don't have time to fix them if we blow one". He also won at Fontana on March 26.

The victory by Larson at MI previous year was his first on NASCAR's top circuit.

This past Sunday saw yet another new victor in 2017 and a first time victor for their career in Ryan Blaney. "I thought the 18 [Busch] was next best, the 20 [Matt Kenseth] was better than I was on the long run".