Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan again


BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Kyle Larson won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway.

Kyle Larson dominated the field Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway leading 96 of 200 laps. He didn't win it easy either, as he had to hold off every move Kyle Busch threw at him in the final few laps. Through 14 races, Larson has led 616 laps, almost doubling his total from all of 2016.

Such was the case for Larson, who took over the points lead from Truex thanks to his second victory of the season and his second consecutive triumph at MI dating back to his first Cup career win last August on the 2-mile oval.

Hamlin was ahead by about three seconds before a late caution for debris, and the restart with nine laps remaining kicked off a wild finish. Larson went inside to pass Busch on the restart four laps later.

"I can't thank these guys enough", Larson said.

"I got loose into Turn 3 and fought it for a long time and unfortunately came around", Johnson said of the accident.

Bowyer is in a fast auto this weekend, and is racing for a fast team.

With Sunday being Father's Day, it's only fitting that he celebrated the victory with his son, Owen. My dad is here today, too, so I'm looking forward to celebrating with him.

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"We've been so close to so many other wins", Larson said. But three of its drivers finished in the top 11 Sunday for the second-straight week. "Staying in qualifying trim all day just seems to suit us - we stay focused on one thing and we can get it right and tomorrow we'll switch over and do race stuff, so looking forward to it. Love racing here at MI and hopefully have a good weekend".

The third-place finish boosted Logano to 10th in the series standings, 242 points behind series leader and MI victor Kyle Larson.

Truex (635) falls to 2nd place in the NASCAR points race, 5 below Kyle Larson (640).

When asked if the tire dragon had made a difference or not, third-place finisher Joey Logano admitted he didn't know it had been used.

"In the Cup days, I ran pretty hard", the 82-year-old South Carolinian said.

"Yeah, you have no idea how good this feels", Logano said. Last race: Brad Keselowski won for the first time in five series starts in 2017. No one doubts Chip Ganassi or Furniture Row, but they certainly don't get the same attention as teams such as Hendrick Motorsports or Team Penske, whose drivers populate much of the top-10.

After starting 26th, Wallace was proud of his effort to break into the top 20. We seen it the last couple restarts, so just wrong place. "I think it's expected". I wasn't able to stay attached to the 42. "Turning the momentum a bit and bringing home a solid top-five and change things".

Denny Hamlin, who won Saturday's Xfinity race, was fourth, followed by Jamie McMurray and Truex. The Rochester Hills native went 193.149 miles per hour in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford. "We're going to do the best job we can and see what happens". "The goal of having stages was really because the networks want more cautions, more restarts, because people tune in when we have a caution".