Kyle Larson made the perfect restart when it mattered the most to win the FireKeepers Casino 400, marking his second consecutive victory at Michigan International Speedway.
Larson, who fittingly was driving the ‘Cars 3‘ Chevy given that the Cars Disney movie was released this past Friday and Larson has a small voiceover, had started on the pole and showed his car had the speed. He led the first 34 laps of the race. Martin Truex Jr. moved to the front on Lap 35 and easily claimed victory in Stage 1. He then continued his dominance in Stage 2.
The final caution came after a four-car wreck on the backstretch capping a wild finish to the race. The wreck collected Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick. The last 20 laps saw three caution flags that effectively kept the field bunched up and at one point saw the cars go 5 wide.
On the final restart with five laps to go, Larson started on the outside and Denny Hamlin on the inside. The two drivers went into Turn One side-by-side, but Larson was able to pull away to take the checkered flag.
Chase Elliott, who had been running in the Top 10 for both stages, made his move when it came to the final stage, edging up to P3 and eventually P2 thanks to a well-executed restart. It was looking as though he was finally going to get his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Victory, which would have been fitting for Father’s Day considering his legendary racing father, Bill Elliott, had won at MIS for a total of 7 times. As it turned out; however, he finished second, which was a respectable finish when taking into account that his #24 Napa Chevrolet had been underperforming leading up to the race.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway to put on another exciting show in August. The Pure Michigan 400 is August 13 at 3 p.m. The green flag to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200 waves on August 12.
Tickets for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race start at $35. Race fans who purchase early will have the best prices and the best seats. Children 12 and under are free on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, tickets for children 12 and under start at $15. Children 12 and under can attend three days of NASCAR action for just $15, ensuring families a weekend of fun at affordable prices.