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NASCAR results at Michigan: Kyle Larson's daring pass wins race in overtime

Larson now has four career NASCAR Cup victories, with three of them coming at Michigan International Speedway.

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Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson made an incredible and daring three-wide pass on the restart in overtime to hold off Martin Truex Jr. and win his third-straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Michigan.

It was the fourth NASCAR Cup victory of Larson's career.

That three of those wins have come at Michigan shows Larson knows how to drive at the 2-mile track. But none of those previous victories could match this one for pure daring.

After a late crash led to a brief red-flag period, Truex Jr. restarted the race in overtime in the lead, with Erik Jones beside him on the front row. 

Larson, restarting on the second row behind Truex in the outside lane, bumped Truex, got in between Truex and Jones three-wide, and sailed into the lead. He was never challenged after that.

How did he do that?

"I have no idea," Larson told NBCSN afterward. "I was running a few options through my head on what to do if I got a good jump, and that was one of them."

Larson said team owner Chip Ganassi gave him the green light for the bold, risky move on the restart.

"He said something about going three-wide on the restart," Larson said. "That was the most perfect restart of my life … I didn't think I had a shot to win that at all."

Brad Keselowski dominated the first half of the race, winning the first stage and leading 104 laps. But Truex took the lead late in the second stage to end that segment on top, his NASCAR Cup series-leading 15th stage win in 2017.

Truex had held off the rest of the field on a late restart and seemed headed for his second-consecutive victory before that late crash set up the overtime period.

In the end, Larson proved too much for NASCAR Cup points leader Truex.

Afterward, Larson and Ganassi shared the good vibes in victory lane.

"I want to thank him for finding me in 2011 and bringing me up from the USAC ranks to run for him," Larson said.

It's a move that is paying big dividends for Ganassi, but never with a more thrilling pass than Larson pulled off Sunday at Michigan.

 

Results: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Raceway

1. Kyle Larson
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Erik Jones
4. Ryan Newman
5. Trevor Bayne
6. Chris Buescher
7. Austin Dillon
8. Chase Elliott
9. Jamie McMurray
10. Kyle Busch
11. Kurt Busch
12. Aric Almirola
13. Kevin Harvick
14. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
15. Ryan Blaney
16. Denny Hamlin
17. Brad Keselowski
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
19. Jimmie Johnson
20. AJ Allmendinger
21. Ty Dillon
22. Danica Patrick
23. Clint Bowyer
24. Matt Kenseth
25. Landon Cassill
26. Matt DiBenedetto
27. Michael McDowell
28. Joey Logano
29. Cole Whitt
30. David Ragan
31. Corey LaJoie
32. Brett Moffitt
33. Reed Sorenson
34. Paul Menard
35. Jeffrey Earnhardt
36. B.J. McLeod
37. Daniel Suarez
38. Kasey Kahne
39. Derrike Cope

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