Kyle Larson Becomes A Sprint Cup Race Winner
Kyle Larson drove to his first Sprint Cup Series victory on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kyle Larson has been one of those “drivers 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 2013, 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, whose open-wheel teams have won IndyCar championships and the Indy 500, 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 »