Ganassi's Larson Going For 4-In-A-Row

NASCAR Racing Into Michigan

Scott Stiller
June 08, 2018 - 8:09 am
Kyle Larson No. 42 Credit One Bank Camaro

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Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson is hoping history repeats itself this weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races into Michigan International Speedway.

Larson heads into Michigan as a three-time defending race winner at the track.  He’s going for four-in-a-row at Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.

“What our team has been able to do at Michigan the last few races is pretty special, and I hope we can keep it up this weekend with another win,” said Larson.

Larson has been a quick study at the 2-mile, high-banked oval finishing as the runner-up in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2013 and he finished third in 2015.

“We have had good cars there just about every year I’ve raced, and I think we hit on some things recently that will have us taking another fast Chevy to Michigan this time around,” said the 25-year-old Larson.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott is the only driver to win four-straight at Michigan, taking the checkered flag in both races in 1985 and 1986.

Elliott’s son Chase has been the bridesmaid at Michigan, finishing second three times in four career starts at the track.

Kevin Harvick is the last Monster Energy Series driver to win four in-a-row at a track, taking the checkered flag at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix from the fall 2013 race to the spring 2015 race.

Harvick has only one win at Michigan but the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has five runner-up finishes at MIS since 2013.

“How you finish at Michigan depends on how your day is going,” said Harvick, who has five wins in 2018.  “If you’re having a good day, it’s not really hard to tell your guys what you need, and everyone is in a good mood.  If you’re having a bad day, you can get behind at Michigan really fast.”

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship points leader Kyle Busch has one win in 26-starts at Michigan and that win came before the track was repaved in 2012.  Since the repave Busch struggled, finishing 30th or worse six times with only three top 10’s.

“The biggest thing used to be to find grip there,” said Busch.  “But with the new surface, there is a ton of grip now.  And the wide racetrack is good.  That’s what makes Michigan so exciting and so fun.”

Practice starts Friday at 11:30 a.m. followed by qualifying at 4:00 p.m.  There are two practice sessions on Saturday (9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.) with the race Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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