Following a speeding penalty, Kyle Larson bounced back and finished third in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
"I guess if you’re going to get a speeding penalty, the first run of the race is the time to do it," Larson said. "But yeah, I was surprised when they said I was speeding because I hadn’t hit a red light at all until after leaving my pit stall. That was the only time I hit a red.
"I was conservative on my lights the rest of the day and maybe I don’t know if we just misjudged a little bit or maybe I just was a little too fast. But anyway, our race was good. Our car handled really well, so I was happy about that."
The season has begun to turn in Larson’s favor ever since his second-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway where he nearly beat Alex Bowman. So far in the last seven races the No. 42 has finished in the top five four times.
"I feel like we’ve been showing a lot of speed here the last two to two and a half months now, so we contended for a win in Chicago and have had some good runs since then," Larson said. "Some mistakes on my part to run backup cars, but all in all we’ve done a good job to bring fast race cars to the track every week. Just says a lot about our team and fighting through the season, and yeah, it’s a good time of year to get the speed and get some rhythm, so hopefully we can keep it going,"
While the regular season is coming to a close, Larson’s finish got him even further away from the cutline, plus 71, with only three races to go before Indianapolis.
"And, we had a great points day," Larson said. "So, we saved just enough fuel there at the end to get to the finish line and now we’re well above the cutline. So, I’m happy about our day."