News Kyle Larson's tough night at Kansas may yet get worse

01:55  14 may  2018
01:55  14 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Two minutes into the second round, Kyle Larson spun off Turn 4 and t appeared he may have just nicked the wall. “I got tight in the center of (Turns) 1 and 2 and chattered the front. It got me up into the marbles, window brace is broken,” Larson said over his team radio.

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It was a tough night at Kansas Speedway for Kyle Larson and it could get even worse.

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Kyle Larson completed his charge to the front early in the second stage of Saturday night ’ s race at Kansas Speedway, and Jimmie Johnson was a lap down after a loose wheel led to an unplanned pit stop. He barely beat the leaders to the finish line, allowing him to get back on the lead lap.

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Larson started the race from the rear of the field but by Stage 2 had found his way to the lead and looked like the only driver capable of challenging Kevin Harvick for the victory.

But his chances at his first win of the season took a big hit on Lap 249 of 267 after he was involved in an incident with Ryan Blaney racing for position. Blaney drifted up the track and hit Larson, then hit the wall and Larson had taken damage to the left-rear of his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

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Larson was able to continue and eventually finished fourth but the Fox Sports 1 TV announcers made note of a significant dent in his rear window late in the race.

NASCAR inspectors swarmed the car after the race and announced later it was being taken to its R&D Center in Concord, N.C., for further inspection.

Any penalties would be announced later this week.

Several teams – including Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott – have already been penalized this season for violation of a rule requiring the rear window must remain rigid throughout the entire race event.

After the race, Larson said he believed the window problem was a result of his run-in with Blaney.

“I didn’t have it until after Blaney and I got together,” he said. “So, I’m glad to see that we have a lot of damage back there because obviously if there was no damage back there, we would probably get a penalty, and who knows, we might still.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kyle Larson entered the Sprint Cup series full-time last year as a 21-year-old On Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, Larson will make his 50th Sprint Cup start still seeking his first victory. "I knew it was going to be tough before I ever started," he told USA TODAY Sports.

Kyle Larson completed his charge to the front early in the second stage of Saturday night ' s race at Kansas Speedway, and held off Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney to its conclusion. Larson started at the back of the field after changing tires following qualifying.

“But I’ve got a ton of damage back there. These cars are pretty rigid and one piece of damage can affect the whole rest of the car, as you can see. So, we’ll what NASCAR says about it, but I think it’s pretty obvious that we have a ton of damage back there.”

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