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NASCAR: Kyle Larson looking to build from his 5th place finish from Texas last week as he seeks his first victory of 2018 at Phoenix this Sunday

Kyle Larson ended the weekend at P5 in Texas where he made two Top 5 & 10 over the last four races.

Can he go one better and finally secure his 1st win of 2018 this weekend at Phoenix?

Even though he’s not in Playoff contention, a win would gather better momentum for Larson & the No.42 Team.

His Phoenix Cup Series Record

Eight months ago, Larson went off on a roll from 2nd to the race lead.

Unfortunately, despite leading 54 laps, Larson came home in 18th, one lap down after a spin midway in Stage 2.

Even Larson experienced a lot worse 12 months ago during the Fall Phoenix race via an engine failure.

Don’t forget Larson got wiped out by Ryan Newman on two occasions:

  • 2014 Fall Race, last lap incident
  • 2017 Spring Race, finished 2nd behind him

Apart from that, Larson last scored a Top 5 & 10 finish from earlier last year.

Since then he scored the last two Phoenix races without a Top 10 between November 2017 & March 2018.

Summary

  • Nine Starts
  • 2520 of 2730 Laps Completed, 92.3%
  • Two Top 5, 22.2%
  • Three Top 10, 33.3%
  • Average Start: 5.8 & Finish: 15.4
  • DNF: One

Kyle Larson’s 2018 Cup Series Season So Far.

  • 34 Races
  • 9189 of 9671 Laps Completed, 95%
  • 737 Laps Led
  • 11 Top 5, 32.4%
  • 18 Top 10 finishes, 52.9%
  • Average Start: 13 & Finish: 12.8
  • DNFs: Four, Crash (Texas, Talladega & Daytona 2) & Engine (Martinsville 2)
  • He currently sits 11th in the Drivers’ Standings with 2211 Points.

Results

  • 19th, Daytona 500
  • 9th, Atlanta
  • 3rd, Las Vegas
  • 18th, Phoenix
  • 2nd, Fontana
  • 16th, Martinsville
  • 36th, Texas
  • 2nd, Bristol
  • 7th, Richmond
  • 40th, Talladega
  • 2nd, Dover
  • 4th, Kansas
  • 7th, Charlotte
  • 2nd, Pocono
  • 28th, Michigan
  • 14th, Sonoma
  • 2nd, Chicagoland
  • 29th, Daytona 2
  • 9th, Kentucky
  • 12th, New Hampshire
  • 23rd, Pocono
  • 6th, Watkins Glen
  • 17th, Michigan 2
  • 2nd, Bristol 2
  • 3rd, Darlington
  • 14th, Indianapolis
  • 2nd, Las Vegas 2
  • 7th, Richmond 2
  • 25th, Charlotte Roval
  • 12th, Dover 2
  • 11th, Talladega 2
  • 3rd, Kansas 2
  • 37th/Engine, Martinsville 2
  • 5th, Texas 2

Conclusion

It’s good to have a Top 5-10 finish on Larson’s sleeve once again which gave a smile to his face.

Yes, the No.42 Chevrolet may not be the fastest car.

But at least, the way Larson delivers inside the cockpit justified his performance last week.

Credit to his team members on getting the job done and meet the expectations they require.

So not bad as it’s still unfinished business.

The aim to achieve right now would be at least a win or two this year.

And finish in the Top 10 regarding the Drivers’ Championship.

If Larson can achieve these two goals by the end of this month, then sure he’ll have a great start heading in 2019.

2018 so far in 34 races may be a little different.

But Larson knows that a Top 5 race car will help him reap up the rewards and turn up in victory lane.

For now, Larson will travel to Phoenix soon and get straight to work by Practice & Qualifying on Friday.

As long as the lap times and race car looks decent for all three days, then Larson should do well on race day.

What you can do to Support Kyle Larson

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