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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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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

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"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

A 14th-place finish in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway was the first time in his last six attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks that Kyle Larson cracked the top 15 and was one on only two top-25s in that span.

That reversal of fortune came as a bit of a shock for fantasy owners because he once had five consecutive top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in 2014. His solid run in the Lone Star state could be a sign that his fortune is turning around or it could be a momentary blip. Wait to see which it is before committing resources at Charlotte.
May 7 - 11:20 AM

Kyle Larson has struggled several times this season, but he has earned top-15s in half of his 2016 starts. His best result was a third on the short, flat track of Martinsville Speedway three weeks ago.

Three of Larson’s four races in which he failed to crack the top 15 came as the result of crash damage, which suggests he will be a solid value as long as he stays out of trouble. Unfortunately, that is an intangible that is impossible to predict.
Apr 21 - 8:36 PM

Kyle Larson showed a lot of speed and promise in qualification last year with two top-10s. He was unable to start in the spring after a fainting spell and finished 19th in the fall. This week, he started mid-pack in 17th, but quickly clawed his way into the top-10 and spent more than 80 percent of the race inside that mark.

Larson forced his way into the top five in the closing laps and finished ahead of most of the favorites. That will give him confidence when the series returns in the fall and he could be poised to sweep Martinsville’s top 10 this year.
Apr 3 - 5:22 PM

Kyle Larson posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. His top speed was 95.468 mph.

Larson had a lot of speed in Friday’s session as well with the fifth-fastest lap, but he missed the mark in qualification and dropped to 17th on the grid. Expect flashes of speed on Sunday, but he a mistake sometime during the race will probably put him mid-pack when the checkers wave.
Apr 2 - 1:56 PM

Kyle Larson was the driver who lost the most from the first practice session through qualification. In the morning he posted the fifth-fastest lap, but he could only manage to post a time of 96.474 mph that was good enough for 17th on the grid.

Larson has shown promise on this track, but he has not fulfilled it with a best result of only 19th. Fantasy owners should evaluate him only this week.
Apr 1 - 7:08 PM

Kyle Larson posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the STP 500 with a speed of 94.369 mph.

Larson qualified well for this race last year, but did not get a chance to race because of a fainting spell. Watch him closely in Saturday’s practice and he could be a good dark horse.
Apr 1 - 1:14 PM