Larson Back On Chase Grid
It was a short stay, and Kyle Larson didn’t like it – not one bit.
Three consecutive finishes outside the top 25 – from Sonoma through Daytona – knocked Larson to 17th in points, and on the outside-looking-in of the all-important Chase Grid.
But a stellar third-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (his third top-five of the season, and one spot short of a career-best run) has vaulted him back onto the Chase Grid – barely.
If the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup were to begin today, Larson would sit 16th, right on the bubble. His position is especially precarious when you look deeper into his points standing predicament.
He’s deadlocked in points with fellow Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon. Both have accumulated 524 points, but Larson owns the tie-breaker of best finishes (his runner-up finish at Auto Club Speedway trumps Dillon’s best finish of fifth in the July Daytona race).
Larson now heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in a town and state he’s well accustomed. Larson, whose versatile racing career included a number of USAC dirt races throughout Indiana, has raced once at the “big track” in NASCAR national series competition. He finished 11th there in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race last season.
When asked about the track after the New Hampshire race, Larson simply smiled and said, “Indy? I like Indy.”