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Kyle Larson is a 21st century Mr. Michigan. Win at a track once, and that’s nice. Win twice in a row, and maybe you’ve got a knack for racing at a venue. Three wins in a row? You have a mastery of that track. Kyle Larson has mastered Michigan.
The funny part is, this was not a race where he seemed all that dominant. At first, it sure looked like Brad Keselowski would get that win that’s eluded him in his own backyard. Of course, Martin Truex Jr. is tough everywhere, and it even looked like Matt Kenseth would finally get his first win of 2017. Not this time. Larson split the Furniture Row difference from the second row on the final restart to pull away for the win. Check out this video.
No question Martin Truex has been the class of the field in terms of consistency. Kyle Larson- now with three wins on the season- has established his place in the discussion.
Kyle Larson has been on an upward trajectory since 2016, confirming what all his supporters saw in him when he first came on the scene. Amongst the fresher faces on the Cup scene, the diminutive Californian is leading the pack among an impressive group of young drivers. Erik Jones also finished well, Trevor Bayne had one of his best days of 2017, and Daniel Suarez looked every bit the part of a contender until that unfortunate fender bender with Kasey Kahne.
Big time highlights were few and far between, but Kyle Larson gave the fans a good show at the end of the Pure Michigan 400. Not since the days of David Pearson have we seen a driver who has seemingly so mastered Michigan International Speedway. If any doubt existed of Larson’s legitimacy as a contending competitor, those doubts have been erased.
The 2017 championship chase is no less than a two horse race.
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