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LARSON SPOILS THE PARTY AT MICHIGAN
AUGUST 18, 2017 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
Kyle Larson has become a master at the two-mile tracks of Auto Club and Michigan, and Sunday was just another example of the talent this young guy has behind the wheel. Unlike his previous 3 wins, Larson didn’t have the best car and was running on the edge of the top 10 for most of the day. However, when Joey Logano blew a tire with 13 to go Larson decided to get some fresh Goodyear tires to compete with the leaders. The move worked out perfectly thanks to another caution and Larson was able to take it 4 wide on the final restart to sweep Michigan and gain his 3rd win of the year. This win is just more proof that Larson will be a big contender once the playoffs begin in a month.
Despite needing a win at this point to make the playoffs, Michigan native and rookie Erik Jones had a good run the whole day and tied his career best finish of 3rd at his home track. Erik has been running solid all year long, but can’t seem to put the finishes together with some bad luck that has put him behind the eight ball in this year’s playoffs. None the less the future is bright for the man that is replacing Matt Kenseth in 2018.
Despite Erik Jones finishing 3rd this past week it was a rough weekend for most of the other bubble drivers trying to make it in on points. The most notable ones to have trouble were Daniel Suarez and Joey Logano. As I documented earlier, Joey Logano had a tire go down in the late stages of the race which resulted in a 28th place finish for Logano who started the race on the front row. Daniel Suarez made hard contact with Kasey Kahne on lap 138 which ended Suarez’s day with a 37th place finish just a week after his first ever top 5 finish at Watkins Glen. Both drivers will have to win to get in the playoffs, and they only have 3 races left to do so.
Despite winning at the Brickyard it wasn’t enough for Kasey Kahne as his team option for 2018 has been bought out making Kahne another driver to be on the free agent list this offseason. Kahne will be replaced by 19-year-old phenom William Byron who has dominated the NASCAR scene with 10 NASCAR wins in 2 years. It’s going to be tough for Byron to get into the legendary 5 car which has won 2 championships during its history, but Byron has the God given ability to be a future championship in NASCAR.
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