MI win could have lasting impact for Larson

MI win could have lasting impact for Larson

Odds of racing Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Pure Michigan 400 are 100 percent.

On Sunday, the Elk Grove native showed it again.

Kyle Larson made the move of the race off a final restart with two laps remaining in the overtime session and went on to win the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway.

All of this came one day after Larson finished second at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals dirt race - which Ganassi OK'd, a rare sprint vehicle race the day before a Monster Energy Series event. Truex finished second, followed by MI native Erik Jones.

Truex was back up front when he stayed out during the fourth caution of the race that came out for a smoking Joey Logano on lap 186. MI has been very good to Kyle Larson, and he needs that right now after having lost the NASCAR Cup Series points lead to Martin Truex Jr. It was his third win of 2017. He got his first career win in NASCAR's top tier previous year, winning at MIS on August 28, 2016. We were definitely not as good as the last two times we won here, but we preserved and had a great restart at the end. That's one behind Bill Elliott, who won four in a row there between 1985 and 1986, according to The Associated Press.

Chip Ganassi told Larson on the radio during the red-flag period before OT that he should go three-wide on the restart, but even Ganassi was surprised when the No. 42 split the No. 78 and No. 20. Kyle Busch won the Xfinity race on Saturday, but a pit miscue and an altercation with Brad Keselowski at the inner loop killed his chances at a sweep.