Lar­son steals win in NASCAR reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS -

Kyle Lar­son and his Chip Ganassi Racing team snatched NASCAR’s last vic­tory be­fore the start of the play­offs Satur­day night at Rich­mond.

Martin Truex Jr. had the race eas­ily in hand un­til Der­rike Cope slowed with un­der four laps re­main­ing. Lar­son was sec­ond at the time, itch­ing for fresh tires and a shot at the win in over­time.

He took his Chevro­let to pit road, his Ganassi team got him out as the leader, and he held for his fourth vic­tory of the sea­son. That ties Truex for most in the Cup se­ries this sea­son.

Truex, the reg­u­lar-sea­son cham­pion, wrecked in over­time while racing for po­si­tion. The en­tire se­quence cost him what seemed to eas­ily be his fifth win of the sea­son.

Dale Earn­hardt Jr., mean­while, was of­fi­cially elim­i­nated from the play­offs. He’s re­tir­ing at the end of the sea­son.

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