Kyle Larson Wins History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Kyle Larson Wins History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

by May 25, 2014 0 comments

CONCORD, NC – Kyle Larson took the checkered flag in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The win marked Larson’s second career series victory. He won at Auto Club Speedway back in March, as well. Going into the History 300, the most laps Larson had led in a race was 54 laps at Homestead Miami-Speedway at the end of last season, but after the checkered flag flew on Saturday, Larson who started third led a career high and a race high of 82 laps.

“I knew if we could get the lead and have a couple long green-flag runs, we’d be good,” Kyle Larson said. “We started off a little too tight, and we made a couple of small changes and were able to free the car up enough where I could get going on the short run. It was still probably the best car on the long runs. I knew if I could get the lead, the car would be really tough to beat. That’s kind of how it went for us. The car was amazing all week long. There in the practices we tweaked on it a bit and today it was great.”

Brad Keselowski who started second finished in the runner-up position. He led 22 laps throughout the afternoon and posted his 10th top-10 finish in only 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The finish also marked his fourth top-10 finish of the 2014 season.

“We had a good run, but just came up a little bit short,” Keselowski said. “The 42 car was very strong at the end and we just didn’t have quite enough to run with him. We led laps and ran in the top three all day, so that’s a solid effort but not the win we’re looking for, but still nothing to shake your fist at.”

Kyle Busch looked to be the dominate driver in the early stages of the race. He started on the pole and led the first 25 laps, but as the race went on, he battled a loose car. Busch started the race on the bottom groove and searched all afternoon, even at the very top, but he had to settle for a third place finish, just behind Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson. The finish was Busch’s 19th top-10 finish in 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“You just can’t pass — you can’t go anywhere,” Kyle Busch said. “The race today was just all around the bottom. There’s no speed anywhere else — you couldn’t get anything going on. A little disappointed. Thought we were better than that, but apparently we’re not. We need practice. ust wrecking loose all day out on the race track — no grip. We struggled real bad and come home with a third. All things considered, we should be happy, but we’re only here for wins — nothing else matters.”

There were only three caution throughout the 200-lap event. The first came on lap 25 when Ryan Sieg spun off turn two. He was able to keep the car off the inside wall. The second caution came out on lap 88 and was for debris after Chase Elliott slapped the wall in turn three. Another caution flew on lap 171, also for debris.

After hitting the wall and struggling for the rest of the afternoon, Chase Elliott fell from first to third in the driver point standings, 28 points back from the lead. His JR Motorsports teammate, Regan Smith now holds the points lead. Elliott Sadler is five points back in second.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Dover International Speedway for the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It Or Ticket on Saturday, May 31. The race will be live on ESPN and MRN at 2 p.m. ET.

History 300 Top-10 Results:
1.) #42 Kyle Larson
2.) #22 Brad Keselowski
3.) #54 Kyle Busch
4.) #5 Kevin Harvick
5.) #2 Brian Scott
6.) #20 Matt Kenseth
7.) #7 Regan Smith
8.) #6 Trevor Bayne
9.) #60 Chris Buescher
10.) #3 Ty Dillon

NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Points:
1.) #7 Regan Smith
2.) #11 Elliott Sadler -5
3.) #9 Chase Elliott -28
4.) #6 Trevor Bayne -35
5.) #3 Ty Dillon -36
6.) #2 Brian Scott -60
7.) #62 Brendan Gaughan -105
8.) #99 James Buescher -111
9.) #60 Chris Buescher -119
10.) #31 Dylan Kwasniewski -129

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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