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Kyle Larson

Team: Chip Ganassi Racing-42
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/31/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 120

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Kyle Larson posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 165.578 mph.
This has been Larson’s best track during his career, but he cannot afford to leave anything to chance. He needs a solid qualification run later on Friday to start up front and avoid as much trouble as possible. That eclipsed June 2014’s speed record in qualification of 164.444 mph set by Brad Keselowski, but records are not officially set in practice. Sep 30 - 11:36 AM

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With an average finish of 6.2 in five starts, Dover International Speedway is Kyle Larson’s best track. All but one of his starts there has ended in a top-10.

While this is Larson’s best track, one of his principal rivals for the top-12 in points shows this as his second worst. Austin Dillon should be easy to beat on paper, but there is a reason NASCAR runs the race and in order to keep a current streak of four top-10s alive, Larson needs to stay out of trouble.
Sep 30 - 11:04 AM

Kyle Larson posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which completed a perfect sweep of these sessions. He was also fastest on Friday and Saturday morning.

Larson was concerned about this race, but he seems to have found the rhythm he needs. It will pay to remember that he finished second and third in his first two New Hampshire attempts as a rookie and he seems to have regained that confidence.
Sep 24 - 12:25 PM

Chase contending drivers Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. tied for the fastest single lap in practice at 132.186 mph. That was an identical time down to the thousandth of a second: 28.814.

This proves just how important the tiniest details are on a one-mile track. Truex gets the nod based on experience, but if Larson has track position at the end of the afternoon he will be able to stay in front.
Sep 24 - 10:00 AM

Kyle Larson posted the single fastest lap in the first practice session for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 135.941 mph. He was 0.010 seconds faster than fellow playoff contender Chase Elliott.

Larson almost crashed in the final minutes of practice, however, which shows just how seriously this team and driver are taking this race. Larson was not looking forward to New Hampshire because he has failed to score a top-15 in his last three starts there. His first two attempts landed in the top three, however.
Sep 23 - 1:05 PM

Kyle Larson used Richmond International Raceway as a test for New Hampshire Motor Speedway because he has struggled on that track the past two seasons—and he was seriously disappointed that he failed to build up a points’ buffer at Chicagoland Speedway. He needs to take a longer perspective, however, because this has not been a bad track overall.

Someone should point out to Larson that he swept the top five in his first two New Hampshire starts with a third in July and second in September 2013. Two weeks ago, his test at Richmond went extremely well with another runner-up result and if he has a good practice before the Bad Boy Off Road 300, he should have strong odds to finish in the top 10 and challenge for another top-five.
Sep 22 - 2:47 PM

Kyle Larson was forced to start the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 from the back of the pack after changing a transmission. He patiently made his way into the top 10 and was in sight of a top-five finish at Chicagoland Speedway before a flat right tire sent him to the pits with a handful of laps remaining. Larson lost a lap in the process, and with only one green-white-checkered attempt, he was stranded in 18th at the end.

The good news is that Larson ran well, but the series heads to one of his worst tracks this week. He has failed to crack the top 15 in his last three New Hampshire Motor Speedway starts, but he got off to a solid beginning on this track with a sweep of the top three in his rookie campaign. Larson needs to focus on the positive and forget about his bad luck. He can easily climb back into the top 12 by making up ground on Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart, and Kurt Busch in the New England 300.
Sep 19 - 4:06 PM

Kyle Larson will replace a broken transmission and that will make him drop to the back of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 pack at Chicagoland Speedway. His official starting position will be listed as 10th and that is how place-differential points will be calculated.

Larson had speed in practice and should still be able to get to the top 10 with a little caution. Leave him on your roster.
Sep 18 - 12:14 PM

Kyle Larson posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 183.299 mph.

Larson was also the fastest in the second practice session with a speed of 185.995 mph. As the asphalt heated up on Saturday it lost grip, so it is important to note that he was able to keep up with track conditions.
Sep 17 - 2:27 PM

Kyle Larson posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland. His top speed was 185.995 mph.

In two previous starts on this track, Larson has swept the top 10. He was eighth-fastest in the first session on Friday and has the numbers to suggest he will earn another top-10. Race conditions are much different than practice and the pressure of the Chase will impact his performance.
Sep 17 - 11:28 AM

Kyle Larson has scored two top-15s and finished on the lead lap in his last four races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He finished 14th at Texas this spring after starting 20th and was 13th at Charlotte Motor Speedway from 24th.

Larson will start the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 10th at Chicagoland Speedway. He has momentum on his side, but since this is the first time in his short career he has been a Chase contender, it is difficult to project where he will finish.
Sep 16 - 6:51 PM

Kyle Larson pitted for tires before the green-white-checkered finish of the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway and charged through the field from 13th. On the final lap he got stuck behind Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski, which cost momentum.

This is Larson’s third consecutive top-five this season, but he was top-five capable at Watkins Glen International and Bristol Motor Speedway. If not for accidents on those two tracks, he would enter the Chase with seven straight finishes of sixth or better.
Sep 10 - 11:55 PM

Kyle Larson posted a lap of 122.288 mph and will start on the outside pole at Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400.

Larson trended green for most of his two laps at speed, but he lost just a little coming out of turn four each time. He started on the pole in his inaugural start in 2014 when that race was set by practice times; he finished 16th. Later that fall he earned his only other top-10 start and finished 11th from eighth. Larson has never earned positive place-differential points on this short track.
Sep 9 - 6:56 PM

After failing the post-race Laser Inspection Station last week at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR handed down penalties to Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson.

The penalty carries a 15-point deduction, which drops Newman from seven points behind Jamie McMurray to 22 points out of Chase contention. He still has a chance to overtake the Chip Ganassi Racing driver, but only if he finishes extremely well at Richmond International Raceway and McMurray finishes outside the top 20. This brings Newman’s total penalties this season to 25 points. Richard Childress Racing has no intention of appealing the decision. Larson was also hit with a penalty, but since he is locked into the Chase the impact is minimal.
Sep 8 - 2:48 PM

According to NBC’s Dustin Long, the No. 42 and 31 cars both failed the Laser Inspection Station after the Bojangles' Southern 500. There could be a points’ penalty for both teams, which would be extremely costly in Ryan Newman’s bid to overcome one of the other winless drivers for a Chase berth. Kyle Larson has a victory and any points’ deduction would be meaningless.

Newman was also penalized 10 points early this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and now sits seven points behind the bubble. There will be some sleepless nights between now and Tuesday when NASCAR typically announces penalties.
Sep 5 - 12:19 AM