NASCAR Cup Series

Kyle Larson dominates Ally 400, 4th win in as many weeks

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Kyle Larson cannot be stopped. In Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, the first in the area since 1984 at the Fairgrounds and the first at the Lebanon track, Larson led 226 of 330 laps en route to his third straight points victory and fourth in as many weeks (including the exhibition All-Star Race).

Larson started fifth while Aric Almirola won his first pole since Atlanta in 2019. His Hendrick Motorsports team-mate William Byron was sent to the rear for unapproved adjustments, as were Quin Houff and Erik Jones.

Houff’s race quickly came to an end when his right-front wheel detached and sent him into the wall on the opening lap. Larson would take the lead for the restart. Additional incidents came with Tyler Reddick spinning followed by Blaney’s two wrecks, the second of which came due to a brake failure and ended his day. Multiple drivers would also suffer tyre or brake issues throughout the race. Chase Elliott took the stage win, which was rolled over to Kurt Busch when Elliott was disqualified. The revised top ten after Elliott’s penalty was Busch, Larson, Daniel Suárez, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, and Denny Hamlin.

Bubba Wallace provided the lone incident of Stage #2 when he spun. The segment was the Kyle Show as Larson and Busch were the only drivers to lead laps in it, and the former would take the stage win. Dillon, Chase Briscoe, Byron, Busch, Hamlin, Stenhouse, Almirola, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch followed.

The third stage began on lap 191 with Larson continuing to lead. Ryan Preece spun seven laps later, followed by Wallace doing so again on lap 219. Briscoe wrecked on lap 228. Larson led at the restart and held off Ross Chastain to win his tenth career Cup race. Chastain, incidentally driving the Chip Ganassi Racing #42 that Larson previously raced until his suspension last year, finished a career-best second.

“We’ve had probably the best race car on the racetrack for at least a month and a half,” said Larson. “Good to take advantage of it, get another win. Able to jump out to a lead right from the get-go, basically lead the rest of the race. If it wasn’t for the cautions at the ends of the stages, we had a near perfect day.

“It’s awesome to get multiple wins in a row now in the Cup Series; I mean, really it’s four wins in a row. Just cool to do that. Didn’t think that was possible ever for me in the Cup Series anyways. I’ve gone on streaks in dirt racing and stuff before, but never been close to doing anything like that in Cup.

“[…] To get to now double-digit point paying wins is great. I’d like to keep winning and keep inching my name up the winner’s list not only at NASCAR but at Hendrick Motorsports, too. I think that’s important to me.”

Although Larson had plenty of reason to celebrate, Hendrick team-mate Elliott did not. After finishing thirteenth, he was disqualified as his car was found to have five loose lug nuts in post-race inspection; three or more automatically resulted in a disqualification.

“If it had come off and we crash, we would then get to keep our stage points? Honest question,” Elliott tweeted afterwards.

Race results

155Kyle LarsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet300Running
21942Ross ChastainChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet300Running
3424William ByronHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet300Running
4110Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas RacingFord300Running
5124Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas RacingFord300Running
61447Ricky Stenhouse Jr.JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet300Running
72299Daniel SuárezTrackhouse Racing TeamChevrolet300Running
8301Kurt BuschChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet300Running
92520Christopher BellJoe Gibbs RacingToyota300Running
10322Joey LoganoTeam PenskeFord300Running
11218Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs RacingToyota300Running
12283Austin DillonRichard Childress RacingChevrolet300Running
13296Ryan NewmanRoush Fenway RacingFord300Running
14848Alex BowmanHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet300Running
15247Corey LaJoieSpire MotorsportsChevrolet300Running
162334Michael McDowellFront Row MotorsportsFord300Running
171838Anthony AlfredoFront Row MotorsportsFord300Running
18268Tyler ReddickRichard Childress RacingChevrolet300Running
19943Erik JonesRichard Petty MotorsportsChevrolet300Running
202123Bubba Wallace23XI RacingToyota299Running
211311Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyota299Running
223519Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs RacingToyota299Running
23152Brad KeselowskiTeam PenskeFord299Running
241121Matt DiBenedettoWood Brothers RacingFord298Running
253653Garrett Smithley*Rick Ware RacingChevrolet298Running
263452Josh BilickiRick Ware RacingFord298Running
273251J.J. Yeley*Rick Ware RacingChevrolet298Running
283178B.J. McLeod*Live Fast MotorsportsFord295Running
293715Joey Gase*Rick Ware RacingChevrolet295Running
30741Cole CusterStewart-Haas RacingFord252Running
311614Chase BriscoeStewart-Haas RacingFord227Accident
322037Ryan PreeceJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet197Brakes
333366Chad Finchum*MBM MotorsportsToyota157Rear End
343813David Starr*MBM MotorsportsToyota126Brakes
352777Justin Haley*Spire MotorsportsChevrolet79Accident
361717Chris BuescherRoush Fenway RacingFord77Accident
371012Ryan BlaneyTeam PenskeFord53Accident
383900Quin HouffStarCom RacingChevrolet0Accident
3969Chase ElliottHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet300Running (DQ)
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for Cup points
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