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Kyle Larson snaps 75-race winless streak with playoff win at Dover

Kyle Larson received Sunday’s Cup Sequence playoff race at Dover Worldwide Speedway, snapping a 75-race winless streak that started in September 2017.

Larson led 154 of 400 laps – together with the ultimate 73 – to safe the win over Martin Truex Jr. and Alex Bowman.

It’s the second win of the 12 months for Chip Ganassi Racing following Kurt Busch‘s win at Kentucky Speedway. It’s the primary time each of its drivers have received in a season since 2010.

It’s Larson’s first playoff win and advances him and CGR to the third spherical for the primary time.

“It’s actually vital,” Larson informed NBCSN on the start-finish line. “Everyone on this playoff discipline goes to be harassed subsequent week at Talladega apart from me. … Final time I used to be at Talladega I used to be on my lid (he flipped a number of instances in a wreck). I might nonetheless find yourself on my lid subsequent week and it’s not going to matter after this win. … After the primary stage I form of modified my driving fashion up and I really feel like we made the automotive higher on the similar time. It actually benefited our lengthy runs.

“That’s pretty much as good as I’ve ever been round reducing the underside right here.  Only a nice mixture right here.  Good to be quick in observe after which be good once more within the race and get the win.”

The highest 5 was accomplished by Kevin Harvick and pole-sitter Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin dominated the primary half of the race and led 218 laps in his 500th profession Cup begin. Truex handed him with 12 laps left in Stage 2 and took the stage win. He then misplaced the lead on pit highway after a tire changer slipped and fell, slowing his cease. Larson was the primary automotive off pit highway.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Denny Hamlin

STAGE 2 WINNER: Martin Truex Jr.

Extra: Race outcomes and level standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Martin Truex Jr. has completed within the high two in three of the 4 playoff races … Alex Bowman completed within the high three in each Dover races this 12 months … Kyle Busch rebounded from a rushing penalty on Lap 123 to get his second top-10 end of the playoffs … Matt DiBenedetto positioned seventh for his seventh high 10 of the season … Jimmie Johnson completed eighth for his third straight high 10, his longest streak of the 12 months.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Joey Logano had a mechanical subject earlier than the race even began, placing his No. 22 Ford within the storage for the primary 22 laps of the race. He completed 34th … Chase Elliott, the defending race winner, suffered an engine downside lower than 10 laps into the race, which ended his day. He completed final … William Byron completed 13th after he was caught rushing on pit highway throughout inexperienced flag stops in Stage 2 … Ryan Blaney completed 35th after he went to the storage with 100 laps left for brake points.

NOTABLE:  Larson is the fourth driver to finish a winless streak of 30 races or extra in 2019. 75 races was the longest streak snapped. … Larson had 9 runner-up finishes since his final win, probably the most all time between wins.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We simply used our mulligan up.” – Joey Logano to NBCSN after mechanical points resulted in a foul opening to the second spherical of the playoffs.

WHAT’S NEXT: 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway at 2 p.m. ET Oct. 13 on NBC


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