Kyle Larson scored another runner-up finish in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Larson has eight second-place finishes this season, including both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 2017 at New Hampshire.
Although disappointed with following winner Kyle Busch across the finish line, Larson remains optimistic.
“Yeah, I mean, obviously you want to win,” he said. “And, second is the first loser. But, second is also not bad; especially when you get to the playoffs. Winning is very important, but also consistency is just as important. We got a fifth last week and a second today with even better Stage points, so that was pretty much the day that we needed.
“Obviously, a win would have been great, but second was just as good.”
Larson did lead Sunday, albeit only one lap, but he still managed to stay near the front of the field most of the afternoon. His finish was good enough for him to advance into the next round of the playoffs and he’ll try to end the opening round with a win next week at Dover International Speedway.
“Well, I think if I can keep up these top 5 runs and good stage finishes, I mean, you could probably point your way to them, but I would prefer to get a win in each of these rounds,” he said. “ If we can keep the good runs going, we should be all right.
“Obviously I think as you get into the later rounds, wins are even more important than they are now. We had good regular season points, gave ourselves some good playoff points. This first round I knew would be fairly easy, but I think as we get into the next round and then the third round, a win would be great.”
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