Kyle Larson will need to come from the rear of the field in Sun.’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Larson smashed the side of his car after a collision with the wall in Thur.'s practice. His day went very bad when the repaired Chip Ganassi Racing Target Chevrolet wasn’t able to get through pre-qualifying inspection in time.
This means Larson will now debut 39th in Sun.’s 40-car field at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he knows even though he has a fast car, it will take guts to get upfront through the pack.
“I don't know, it's going to be, I don't know, Charlotte was a hard place to pass at, but you've got 600 miles to do it,” he said. “I typically don't qualify well here anyway, so I come from the back here a lot. So, I'm not too worried about it. I've won races from 24th in a sprint car in 30 laps. 600 miles should be okay."
Larson was wishing he can dial his car in during Sat.’s practice sessions and learn something from last week’s All-Star Race. He out in Front the opening two stages of the event from flag-to- flag, but wasn’t able to maintain the top spot going into the final 10-lap dash after a less than perfect pit stop.
All Larson could do was run back to second-place and finish there behind run winner Kyle Busch.
Regardless of how, he’s positive there were lessons learned that will be beneficial on Sun..
“Our Target Chevy was really exceptional at the All-Star Race, just had bad luck at the end of the run to keep us out of really challenging for the win,” he said. “This weekend’s run was a lot different, but it was great to see we had speed at Charlotte last weekend.”
Larson leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings coming into the 12th run of the season. Although his overall Charlotte performance in the series isn’t stellar, Larson was positive he can keep his early season wins alive in NASCAR’s longest race.
“I’m excited to see what we’ll have at the 600 this weekend,” he said. “I feel like we’ve historically gone back and forth between the All-Star weekend and the 600, maybe having a exceptional car at one race, but not the other. I think this year, though, we should be in for a exceptional race.”
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