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Larson snatches another win at MI on final restart

Melinda Barton | 14 August, 2017, 02:29

On the strength of a stellar overtime restart, Kyle Larson beat Martin Truex Jr to win the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Toyota drivers already have replied on Twitter to Brad Keselowski, who suggested that Toyota teams had intentionally ratcheted back their collective push of the performance envelope this weekend at MI.

It was Larson's fourth career Cup victory and ended a mini-slump in which he had finished out of the top 20 in three straight races.

The race went into overtime as the result of a Michael McDowell-Paul Menard wreck on lap 195 that brought out the yellow flag for the fifth time in the race and, then, the red flag for extensive track clean-up.

The race was originally scheduled for 200 laps and 400 miles.

Brad Keselowski, who led a race-high 105 laps Sunday afternoon, finished in 17th place. Another Michigan driver, Jones, stayed out four extra laps during the cycle to lead before Keselowski cycled back around to the top spot. Larson, who won the Pure Michigan 400 for a second straight year, led the race for just two laps. Keselowski was second to Truex in the second stage.

On Sunday the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Michigan, and Kyle Larson is likely glad to see the Pure Michigan 400 in front of him.

Toyota had won the last five pole positions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series before Keselowski interrupted that streak. After the MI race, only three races remain in the regular season.