Larson Suffers Fourth Straight DNF

Kyle Larson

"It’s just unfortunate to have four DNFs in a row." (Photo: Getty Images)


Kyle Larson suffered his fourth straight did not finish after an engine issue took him out of Sunday's Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway.

Larson led 12 laps and won the first stage, but was forced to the garage on lap 105. 

“I think I was passing a lap earlier and when I lifted, I heard it start to blow up," Larson said. "I was hoping it wasn’t. But, by the time I got back to the gas I knew it was done. It’s just unfortunate to have four DNFs in a row."

Two of Larson's DNFs in the four-race span have come from engine failure with the first coming at Kansas Speedway, which ultimately took him out of contending for a championship.

“It felt exactly like what happened at Kansas, probably a little bit worse," Larson said. "It’s a little disappointing and definitely a bad time of year to have that stuff happen. Hopefully, we can rebound from it and Hendrick (Motorsports) can learn from it to prevent it from happening in the future.”  

Larson, who led 74 laps last week at Texas before hitting the wall, had a strong car at Phoenix prior to the issue and was able to wrestle the lead from Denny Hamlin on Lap 68.

"I thought I had, by far, the best car here today, so I was really happy about that," Larson said. "I just hate that we don’t really get a shot to race for the win.”


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