Larson Becomes A Sprint Cup Race Winner
Kyle Larson got his first Sprint Cup Series victory on Sunday in Michigan. (RacinToday/HHP file photo)
Kyle Larson has been a driver to watch ever since becoming a full timer in Sprint Cup in 2014. On Sunday, Larson finally made it to Victory Lane as he held off rookie Chase Elliott to win at Michigan International Speedway.
The win was the first for a Chip Ganassi Racing car since 2007 when Juan Pablo Montoya did it, and it put Larson and his team into the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs.
The victory came in Larson’s 99th start and it came accompanied by watery eyes.
“Man, I was tearing up that whole last few laps because I could just feel it, it was finally going to be it,” Larson said.
Ganassi was almost as happy as his driver. Earning a Chase berth will do that, apparently.
“Really, really big,” the team owner said of earning the berth. “We’ve been on the cusp for so many years. We got Jamie (McMurray) in there last year and now getting Kyle, we couldn’t be happier. I’m kind of speechless to tell you the truth.” Read the full story »