WATCH: Kyle Larson touches down at NWS for All-Star race in helicopter

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NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race
Kyle Larson lands at North Wilkesboro Speedway for the NASCAR All-Star Race

Kyle Larson touched down at the North Wilkesboro Speedway after flying back from his Indy 500 qualifying run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Arrow McLaren IndyCar driver secured his place in the Firestone Fast Six and will start his Memorial Day Double from fifth place at the IMS.

The pole shootout qualifying at the Indy 500 was finished got done and dusted on May 19 at around 6.00 PM ET and the All-Star Race was scheduled to flag off at 8.00 PM ET. This meant Kyle Larson didn't have the luxury of time to cover 530 miles between the Speedways and subsequently flew back to the North Wilkesboro Speedway in a Bell 429 chopper.

Inside the Bell 429 helicopter were Larson himself, his wife Katelyn, Hendrick Motorsports vice-chairman Jeff Gordon, and the pilots and other crew members.

Here's the video of the Cup Series leader and his team getting off near the asphalt of the 0.625-mile oval (via North Wilkesboro Speedway on X):

Larson made it to the NASCAR All-Star race on time and kicked off his run from 12th place. Meanwhile, in the HMS driver's absence from the All-Star Open, NASCAR legend Kevin Harvick drove the #5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 across the oval for practice and qualifying runs.

Kyle Larson rallied from the rear of the pack to finish under the top 5 at the All-Star Race

Kyle Larson at the NASCAR All-Star race
Kyle Larson at the NASCAR All-Star race

The 2024 NASCAR All-Star race witnessed Team Penske driver Joey Logano reign supreme. After leading 199 laps and fending off hard charges from Denny Hamlin and in some instances, his teammate Ryan Blaney, the 33-year-old bagged his maiden win this season with his #22 Ford.

Kyle Larson kicked off his million-dollar run from P12 but swerved past his opponents to find his way back into contention. During the final restart on Lap 159, the HMS driver ran in fifth place. However, two laps later, Larson jumped to third place and eyed another All-Star win after emerging victorious on the track last year.

The closing laps witnessed a close battle between the frontrunners, but RFK Racing driver Chris Buscher made a late overtake against the #5 Chevy and sealed the podium finish in third. Meanwhile, Kyle Larson finished fourth as he fell shy of 0.326 seconds over the #17 Ford Mustang.

Though Larson couldn't defend his 2023 All-Star title, his #1 place on the 2024 Cup Series leaderboard remains undisturbed and he enjoys a 30-point lead over the runner-up Martin Truex Jr. The 31-year-old has won two races so far this season at the Pennzoil 400 and AdventHealth 400.

Meanwhile, NASCAR All-star race champion Joey Logano is currently 17th in the standings with 292 points, 194 behind Larson.

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Edited by Neelabhra Roy
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