Kyle Larson sits 18th in the points’ standings and is 39 markers out of Chase contention. It might be safe to assume he is in a sophomore slump after last year’s solid rookie run, but he has top-10s in one-third of his 2015 starts
Crew chief Chris Heroy left Kyle Larson on track during the final restart and gambled on rain shortening the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He was correct about the rain coming, but the No. 42 was three laps short of winning when he had to pit for fuel.
Kyle Larson’s two previous finishes at Michigan have been about as contradictory as possible. He finished eighth in this race last year, but crashed to finish dead last in August. He showed consistency in qualification, however, with a 12th-place start in June and a 13th in the second race.
For the second consecutive week Chip Ganassi Racing placed both of their drivers in the top 10; Kyle Larson finished eighth one spot behind teammate Jamie McMurray.
Kyle Larson posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session. His top time was 174.507 mph from laps five through 14.
Kyle Larson posted the second-fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway. His top speed was 175.292 mph.
Kyle Larson raced with the leaders all afternoon and had the right strategy at the end of the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway; he finished third, which was his first top-five of the season. Larson spent nearly 80 percent of the race inside the top 10.
Kyle Larson posted the fourth-quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session for the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway among 23 drivers who went that far. His speed was 154.092 mph.
Kyle Larson rounds out the top three in final practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in regard to 10-lap average speeds. His time was 184.085 mph, which was set during his first 10 laps on the track just like Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin.
Kyle Larson qualified fifth and finished 12th in his first attempt at Kansas Speedway last spring; when he returned that fall, he scored a runner-up finish to Joey Logano and must be considered one of this week’s top picks.
Kyle Larson advanced to the round of 12 for the seventh time in eight races this season. The only driver who has more top-12 starts is Keselowski who has been perfect in that regard.
Kyle Larson employed an alternate strategy that allowed him to lead 90 laps late in the Food City 500, but he eventually was forced to pit for gas and lost a lap in the process. He raced into the Free Pass position and got back on the lead lap, then surged late in the going with fresh tires to finish seventh.
Kyle Larson posted the second-quickest 10-lap average in Bristol’s first practice session for the Food City 500 Supporting Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer on Friday. His top speed was 123.243 mph from laps 22 through 31.
Kyle Larson has been cleared to race next weekend at Texas, according to NBC’s Dustin Long.