Larson Scores Another Strong Run

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson has scored three top-10 finishes in the last four races. (Photo: Getty Images)

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FORT WORTH, Texas - With each passing week, the notion that rookie Kyle Larson will win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race grows more plausible.

Arguably one the more talented young drivers to move to Cup in the last five years, Larson showed his skills again Monday, finishing fifth at Texas Motor Speedway.

The run follows his second-place effort two weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway and 10th-place finish at Bristol three weeks ago.

“I feel like we’ve been a top-10 car most races,’’ said Larson, who is 15th in the points. “I think if we just keep ourselves in contention, things will work out late in the race or we might have a dominating car one day and get our first win.’’

Where might that win come?

“I feel like right now it could come at a mile-and-a-half or a little bit bigger track,’’ he said.’’

The next race at a 1.5-mile speedway comes next month at Kansas Speedway followed by the Sprint All-Star race and Coca-Cola 500 at Charlotte.

This week, the series heads to Darlington Raceway where Larson finished sixth in last year’s Nationwide race and says he looks forward to competing there because he likes running against that wall.

“That tells you what kind of talent he has when a guy looks forward to going to Darlington,’’ said runner-up Jeff Gordon. “I think the top guys in the sport, whether it’s when they first come in or still today, they look at Darlington as a challenging racetrack, but one they look forward to because of the skills it takes to run good there, run up against the wall.

Larson, a former sprint car driver often uses that high line on the big tracks, including Texas.

“They just suit my driving style better,’’ he said of the bigger tracks. “It reminds me of dirt track racing where you can search around for different lines. I didn’t see anybody else as high as I was, at least on the exit of corners. Just always searching for grip and it seems like it pays off.’’

He said he was best on the long runs Monday, thus the green-white-checkered finish didn’t suit him as well. Still, he gained spots after restarting eighth.

What stood out the most was how this team recovered from its woes on Friday.

Larson said they were “terrible’’ when the weekend started. He was 32nd in Friday’s practice session. It was quite a change to how well they ran Monday.

“They worked their butts off all weekend and gave us a great finish,’’ Larson said of his team.  

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