Unfortunately, Truex lined up fifth, fifth, ninth and seventh for the final four restarts of the race - all in the bottom lane where grip through Turns 1 and 2 was nearly impossible to find.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, though, holds just a five-point lead over Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr., who entered Sunday's race as the points leader and left MI with two stage victories and a sixth-place finish.
Busch was gambling on fuel, and had the caution never come out he may have been able to win his first playoff-clinching win of the season. Once Truex took the lead, he pulled away, building a margin of about four seconds over Larson, who finished second in the first stage after starting on the pole and leading the first 34 laps.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won at Talladega, Austin Dilllon at Charlotte and Ryan Blaney at Pocono. "I don't think you put on a big speech or really have a reason". For us to withstand a few restarts there with some tough competitors there was pretty important. "I feel like on the Cup side, I've been good but just not quite good enough to break through to win".
Not so fast. After working on the auto during the NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying session, Knaus ultimately decided that it wasn't feasible to fix the primary vehicle. It was cool to win it. What a great Father's Day present for myself and all the other fathers out there. My dad is here today, too, so I'm looking forward to celebrating with him. "I was already pulling up alongside of him". We've been so close to so many other wins. Larson has to be considered the favorite to win both dominator categories and finish as the top scorer. Expect him to win a second straight race at MI while leapfrogging Truex atop the Cup Series standings. He earned his third top 10 finish of the year in the FireKeepers Casino 400 and he got to wear that awesome bright green Mountain Dew fire suit.
When asked if the tire dragon had made a difference or not, third-place finisher Joey Logano admitted he didn't know it had been used. "I'd like to think that, at least".
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Here's the reason it meant something to Larson, beyond a nice Father's Day moment with both his father and son in Victory Lane: The best vehicle in a MI race where there are four restarts in the final 46 laps often doesn't win, thanks either to tires or track position. He is a former victor with 10 top-5 finishes. "I'd like to think so". I wasn't able to stay attached to the 42. Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five. "Turning the momentum a bit and bringing home a solid top-five and change things". Kyle Busch qualified fourth, followed by Denny Hamlin, Pocono victor Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano and Jamie McMurray. He's followed by Kevin Harvick (-132), Chase Elliott (-162) and Brad Keselowski (-164). The Rochester Hills native finished 16th. "No secret, last month, month and a half, has been a struggle for us with just a lot of things going wrong during the races".