Kyle Lar­son out­lasts El­liott at Mich. again

Rome News-Tribune - - SPORTS - By Noah Tris­ter As­so­ci­ated Press Sports Writer

BROOK­LYN, Mich. — Three times, Kyle Lar­son needed to out­race the rest of the con­tenders on late restarts.

That’s a task he’s proven he can han­dle at Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

Lar­son took con­trol on a restart with five laps re­main­ing and held off Chase El­liott on Sun­day for his sec­ond NASCAR Cup Se­ries vic­tory of the sea­son. The fin­ish was sim­i­lar to the race at Michi­gan last Au­gust, when Lar­son took the lead on a restart with nine laps left en route to his first Cup win.

Lar­son won this year at Fon­tana and has five sec­ond-place fin­ishes. He also was sec­ond in the All-Star race, which doesn’t count in the stand­ings.

“We’ve been so close to so many other wins,” the 24-year-old Lar­son said. “This is our sec­ond Cup win of the year, but we’ve had six sec­ond-place fin­ishes. All in all, it’s a good sea­son so far and we’ll con­tinue to keep build­ing on what we’ve got.”

It was the third Cup win of Lar­son’s ca­reer and 14th by Chip Ganassi Rac­ing. El­liott was sec­ond in both Michi­gan races last year, and again this time. He’s win­less in 56 ca­reer Cup races, but he’s fifth in points in 2017.

“We had a cou­ple of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get the lead, and un­for­tu­nately, it just didn’t work out, but we’ll move on. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Kyle,” the 21-year-old El­liott said. “He had a fast car to­day and we’ll try to go get ’em next week.”

NASCAR Car­los Oso­rio / The As­so­ci­ated Press

Kyle Lar­son holds the FireKeep­ers Casino 400 tro­phy af­ter win­ning Sun­day’s race in Brook­lyn, Mich.

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