Kyle Larson wins on a late race caution to close out regular season

By Dale Money (@Packerd_00)  Comments
Updated: September 13, 2017

Truex Jr. had a comfortable lead over Larson when Derrike Cope clipped the outside wall with three laps left to go, bringing out the late race caution. Larson won the race off pit road after the lead-lap cars pitted for tires, on the last restart, that’s when it went bad for Truex as he collided with Denny Hamlin and rammed into the Turn 1 wall as the two drivers were challenging for position, Larson and Logano finished the race first and second under the final caution.

“Feels amazing,” Larson said following his win. “But to have our pit crew perform like they did tonight makes me feel very proud for them and our whole organization. I’m not a very good short track racer, so for us to come here and challenge for the win and get the win, it feels great.

“Hopefully we can carry this momentum off into the playoffs and make it through the three rounds or whatever it is to make it to Homestead and go for the championship. I feel like I’d have a really good shot there this year.”

Matt Kenseth won the pole and led the first 90 laps of the race. He looked like he’d be in a good spot to challenge for his first win of the season however on lap 257. The field was coming to the pits under caution, an ambulance was in the pit entrance and stopped in front of the field. Kenseth ran into the back of Clint Bowyer and knocked the radiator out of his machine. Kenseth car was toast,taking his car into the pits for the night.

Kyle Larson has his best shot to race for the title,since joining the Monster Energy Series in 2014.Larson’s victory ensured playoff spots for three drivers fighting for berths on points. Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth. Joey Logano,Clint Bowyer,Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Erik Jones all will miss out on the chase this year.

Truex will still start the 10-race playoff series with a hefty points start, he earned himself 53 bonus points over the course of the season,second closest is Kyle Larson with 33.

First race of the Playoffs will be next Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

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