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Kyle Larson

Team: Chip Ganassi Racing-42
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/31/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 120

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For the first time since week two of 2016, Kyle Larson finds himself in Chase contention. This came on as the result of a fifth-place finish in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard. He now has a 10-point advantage over the bubble and Kasey Kahne.
Larson needs more top-10s to stay in contention, but mostly he needs to continue to execute consistency. From Dover International Speedway through Daytona International Speedway he swept the top 15 in six races. He ran well in his last two attempts, but finished 19th at Kentucky Speedway and was 17th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Jul 24 - 7:33 PM

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Kyle Larson has made two previous starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and so far he has not failed to crack the top 10. He posted the fourth-fastest time in final practice and could be en route to another strong finish.

Larson won the Eldora Speedway Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday, which gives him a lot of momentum and confidence entering the weekend. Larson should be a dark horse to finish in the top 10 in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.
Jul 22 - 9:52 PM

Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson won the 4th Annual Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby 150, his second victory in 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races.

This is the #24 DC Solar Chevrolet Silverado driver's first NCWTS victory and second top-10 NCWTS finish in 2016. It is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Eldora Speedway. Christopher Bell (2nd) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Eldora. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2016. Rico Abreu (3rd) posted his first top-10 finish at Eldora and best of his NCWTS career. William Byron leads the point standings by 9 points over Matt Crafton.
Jul 20 - 11:57 PM

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for Wednesday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby 150.

His average of 84.685 mph in the #24 DC Solar Chevrolet Silverado was best of the 31 trucks that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. #4 Christopher Bell, #63 Bobby Pierce, #33 Ben Kennedy and #88 Matt Crafton are the rest of the top-five on this list.
Jul 19 - 8:18 PM

Kyle Larson posted the quickest 10-lap average in the third practice session for the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway. His top speed of 185.468 mph was set during lap five through 14. Larson also had the quickest 10-lap average in final practice with a 183.629 mph from lap 26 through 35.

Larson has been an all or nothing driver on similarly-configured, 1.5- and two-mile tracks in the past two years and as a result, he represents a significant risk. He is moderately priced, however, and could be a great value if he hits on the right setup this weekend.
Jul 8 - 10:03 PM

Kyle Larson scored his first top-10 of his Daytona International Speedway career this spring in the Daytona 500. He finished seventh. This week, he improved one spot to finish sixth in the Coke Zero 400.

Larson’s first four attempts on this track were marred by crash damage and 30th-place results. He sustained minor damage Saturday night in the lap-91 incident that claimed 19 cars, but kept his right door panel intact enough to race with the leaders the remainder of the night.
Jul 3 - 12:45 AM

Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray topped the first practice session for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Kyle Larson posted the fastest lap of 95.141 mph with Jamie McMurray going 94.544 mph.

McMurray’s fastest lap was not without drama. He blocked Tony Stewart coming to the green on his fastest lap and got nudged sideways. Fans will recall Stewart’s famous run-in with Brian Vickers several years back that landed the No. 14 on the tire barrier and consider whether there will be further fallout in the race. Larson’s lap was exceptional and uneventful.
Jun 24 - 5:01 PM

"Kyle Larson and his team each were docked 15 points for a P3 penalty from a postrace inspection failure at Michigan International Speedway," according to NBC Sports’ Nate Ryan. Larson finished third in the FireKeepers Casino 400. The points’ penalty drops the team from 19th to 21st in the standings.

With more than half of the regular season in the books, it is becoming increasingly clear that Larson is going to have win a race to make the Chase. That is a difficult prediction to make until he begins scoring consecutive top-fives. For the moment his fantasy value is uncertain.
Jun 16 - 2:23 PM

Kyle Larson raced Chase Elliott for second-place at Dover International Speedway three weeks ago as they battled to catch Matt Kenseth. At Michigan International Speedway in the FireKeepers Casino 400, Larson and Elliott raced to see who would be Joey Logano’s top competition. Larson finished third, which is his second top-five in the past four races.

Larson has shown less consistency than Elliott, but he represents a changing of the guard in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. In his third year, he was joined by Austin Dillon and Elliott in the top 10—all of whom have fewer than four seasons under their belt.
Jun 12 - 5:05 PM

Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson won the Inaugural Pocono Green 250, his fourth victory in 82 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is the #42 Cessna/NTT Data Group Chevrolet Camaro driver's first victory and fifth top-10 NXS finish in 2016. The race, scheduled to go 100 laps, was called just past mid-race after lap 53. Larson had led 27 of those laps and was in the lead when NASCAR called the race due to rain. Erik Jones (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 2016. Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 11 points over Elliott Sadler.
Jun 4 - 7:42 PM

In six attempts on 2.5-mile flat tracks, Kyle Larson has never finished worse than 12th and he has scored top-10s in two-thirds of his attempts.

Larson is remarkably strong on these tracks considering they do not often develop multiple grooves that allow him to ride the cushion. Most experts believe his first win is around the corner, but that it will come on an unrestricted, intermediate speedway. Pocono could be a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners if he manages to score a top-five like he did in June 2014.
Jun 2 - 1:33 PM

Kyle Larson went from the lead to the garage with two laps remaining in the 2016 All-star race. He attempted to side-draft Joey Logano to keep that car at bay, but got himself loose and slapped the wall. The damage was significant enough to cause him to finish 16th.

This might also be a case of karmic retribution. Larson used up Chase Elliott at the end of segment three of the Sprint Shootout to advance to the race in order to have a chance at the $1 million bonus.
May 22 - 12:06 AM

In a reprise of last week’s final laps in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson raced side-by-side. This time it was for the win instead of second, however. Elliott had the pass made on the outside until he was squeezed into the wall by Larson and the No. 42 advanced to the All-star race. The two drivers were wrecking as they came down the length of the frontstretch.

This is Larson’s first Cup victory and even though it came in an exhibition race, it could open a floodgate. Larson is ever-more fantasy relevant as a result.
May 21 - 12:33 PM

Kyle Larson finished second to Matt Kenseth at Dover in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism and this was likely his best opportunity ever to win his first Cup race. He was considerably faster than the No. 20, but got embroiled in a battle in lapped traffic with the No. 24 in the closing laps and lost ground to the leader. Larson caught Kenseth, but was unwilling to spin him out of the lead.

This was the fourth time in his career that Larson finished second at the Cup level. His previous-best results came at Kansas Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Auto Club Speedway—all during his rookie season. It also refuels discussion of when and where his first victory will occur. It is once again certain that it is no longer a matter of "if," but "when" he will win.
May 15 - 5:30 PM

Kyle Larson was notably fast in the second practice session for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. His top speed of 156.576 mph placed him sixth on the speed chart.

Larson was in route to a top-five finish last week and might have challenged for the win before he was wrecked by Denny Hamlin. He has never finished worse than 11th at Dover, which combines to make him a very popular pick this week.
May 14 - 10:36 AM