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Team: Chip Ganassi Racing-42
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/31/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 120

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Kyle Larson finished third in the 400 at Chicagoland and became the top finishing driver who is not in NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship.
More importantly, this was possibly the closest Larson has come to winning his first Cup race. He was leading with less than 25 laps remaining, but lost the lead on a frantic restart. Larson was the top finishing rookie with his sixth top-five finish and 12th top-10 in 27 races this year. Sep 14 - 6:01 PM

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Kyle Larson’s backup car posted the third-fastest single lap in the final practice session for the 400 at Chicagoland. His top speed was 185.918 mph.

Larson will have to come from the back of the pack in his backup and his speed will not be apparent in the opening laps as he navigates heavy traffic. Larson could advance as high as the top 10 if he catches cautions flags right, but he should be considered as a more likely contender for a top-15.
Sep 13 - 2:59 PM

Less than five minutes into the second practice session at Chicagoland for the 400, Kyle Larson apparently cut a left front tire and pounded the turn two wall. He will have to go to a backup car.

Larson will give up his 10th-place starting position and roll off the grid from the back. This seriously impacts his odds of scoring a top-10, but he may still be able to advance into the top 15 if he catches cautions correctly and does not lose a lap early.
Sep 13 - 11:07 AM

Kyle Larson has earned three top-15s in six races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this season, which is an average of 50 percent. If he runs well this week, he will establish the No. 42 team as a top pick on this track type.

When he misses, Larson often gets close to the top 15. All but one of his attempts on this track type ended in top-20s and the one race in which he failed to finish that well was because of crash damage at Kentucky.
Sep 10 - 3:05 PM

Kyle Larson has earned only one short, flat track top-15 this year, but it was a solid third-place finish in the Camping World RV Sales 301.

That is significant because that was also the most recent short, flat track race. In addition, Larson nearly cracked the top 15 the last time NASCAR visited Richmond; he finished 16th in the Toyota Owners 400.
Sep 3 - 9:01 PM

Kyle Larson finished eighth in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta and for much of the race, it seemed that would be enough to put him in contention for a Chase berth after Clint Bowyer developed drive train problems. Kasey Kahne’s victory changed the dynamic, but left Larson’s hopes for a playoff spot alive.

Larson needs to either win the final regular season race at Richmond or finish at least 24 positions ahead of Greg Biffle and one spot ahead of Bowyer to secure his berth. While that is important to the team, fantasy players will be happy to note that this was Larson’s 11th top-10 of the season and that has earned major points for them.
Sep 1 - 1:03 PM

Kyle Larson has been consistently strong everywhere NASCAR has raced this year, but some of his most modest results have come on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. With the exception of a fifth at Texas and 12th at Kansas, the remainder of his efforts ended outside the top 15.

In certain games, Larson may still be a good value. He finished 19th at Vegas and 18th at Charlotte, which gave him a sweep of the top 20 entering Kentucky. In that race he cut a tire and pounded the wall, but he was already struggling prior to the incident.
Aug 29 - 10:03 AM

Kyle Larson was the top finishing rookie in Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race, but his weekend was not without drama. He finished 12th after rolling off the grid 40th.

Larson had the fastest lap in Friday’s practice, but he spun on his qualification run and started deep in the pack. He was unable to secure a top-10 and sweep Bristol in his rookie season, but his 12th showed the greatest improvement in the field from starting position to finish.
Aug 24 - 5:39 PM

Kyle Larson crashed on his first lap of qualification for the Irwin Tools Night Race. He damaged both the right rear and left front of his No. 42 Chevrolet.

The damage is not extensive and probably will not require a backup car, but Larson could manage only the 40th-fastest speed and will have to roll off the grid from the back. This is most disappointing because he had the fastest speed in practice on Friday.
Aug 22 - 5:46 PM

Kyle Larson posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Irwin Tools Night Race. His top speed of 131.083 mph easily eclipsed the old track record of 129.991 mph set this spring by Denny Hamlin.

As drivers get accustomed to this new body style, the speeds are increasing. Larson posted a top-10 in the Food City 500 this spring and is picking up where he left off. He should be considered one of this week’s top dark horses.
Aug 22 - 1:03 PM

Sprint Cup regular Kyle Larson tops the speed chart in the Happy Hour practice session for the Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro driver ran a fast lap of 125.313 mph. No. 54 Kyle Busch, No. 2 Brian Scott, No. 22 Ryan Blaney and No. 9 Chase Elliott round out the top five of the 45 cars out on the track. The No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Blake Koch was the slowest in the final practice session.
Aug 21 - 7:10 PM

Kyle Larson posted the second fastest single lap with a speed of 199.695 mph and he was also the second quickest during a 10-lap average with a 197.971 mph.

Larson has been mentioned as a favorite to finish in the top 10 in the Pure Michigan 400. These speeds suggest he should also be considered a sleeper to win his first career Cup race.
Aug 16 - 12:21 PM

Kyle Larson was the fastest freshman in the second practice session for the Pure Michigan 400. He posted the seventh-fastest lap overall with a speed of 202.680 mph.

That slotted him ahead of last year’s winner of this race Joey Logano. Larson qualified just outside of the top 12 on Friday and should be considered one of this week’s favorites to finish in the top 10.
Aug 16 - 10:06 AM

Kyle Larson enters the Pure Michigan 400 with two top-10 finishes in two Cup starts on NASCAR’s two-mile tracks. He should challenge for another top-10 finish this week.

Predicting a rookie driver’s first win is incredibly difficult because there is not enough background to know where he will run consistently well. Larson’s second-place finish in the Auto Club 400 this spring to Kyle Busch is a strong indication that two-mile tracks will be good to him and he could find Victory Lane. The Hendrick Motorsports power under his hood will not hurt his odds either.
Aug 13 - 9:08 AM

Kyle Larson qualified only 23rd for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen and did not show very much speed in practice. He surged when he needed to, however, and finished fourth on Sunday.

Larson was the only rookie to finish in the top 15, which continues to place him at the head of his class. Larson has also been strong on unrestricted, intermediate speedways and short tracks, so he has a great opportunity to win one of the final four races of the regular season that will be held at Michigan, Bristol, Atlanta, and Richmond.
Aug 10 - 6:50 PM