NASCAR: Kyle Larson Takes Checkered Flag at Watkins Glen

by Jonathan Howard

Sunday was filled with racing action. Watkins Glen International was host to the exciting race. After it was all said and done Kyle Larson came across the line with the checkered flag waving. After 90 grueling laps around the track, Larson claimed the win in his Chevy.

Heading into this race, there were some rules put back into place regarding COVID-19. All staff, crew, and drivers are expected to wear masks. So, throughout the track and elsewhere, regardless of vaccination status. However, it wasn’t all bad news for NASCAR.

Drivers have enjoyed the two-week Olympic break. In fact, many drivers want to see the break become permanent. Heading into the race, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick commented on the break. While NBC covered the Tokyo Games, they stopped NASCAR coverage. For these drivers, the break was well received.

This race came down to the end just about. With 30 laps to go, Denny Hamlin held tight to first. However, thanks to a crafty and speedy pit crew, Kyle Larson snatched the lead and never looked back. Here the pit crew sends Larson out fast as possible.

A strong top-10 rose throughout the race. Big names were fighting for the lead up until the end. Chase Elliott was close behind Larson, fresh off a celebrity softball loss. Martin Truex Jr. finished in third. This race provided so much excitement. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-5.

While Hamlin lost time in the pit, he fought back hard. It was tough to come back, but after almost falling from the top-10, the experienced driver got back into the mix of things and was able to land himself in 5th place. The bottom of the top-10 featured strong drivers, but 20+ second deficits. William Byron finished in 6th. Christopher Bell took 7th followed by Kevin Harvick in his Ford. Chase Briscoe and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top-10.

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Watkins Glen is a great venue and the race was exciting. Kyle Larson took out Christopher Bell and his 20 car, but Bell had more to do with that than he may agree to. Larson’s 5 car took out Bell in the later stages of the race, but Bell has to know when to back off the inside car. A little bit of a nudge in the wrong direction here ends Laron’s hope of winning.

Martin Truex Jr. was among those fighting for the lead in the last 30 laps of this race. Despite a great race, Truex wasn’t able to hold on for second. Elliott is a great, young racer and he commanded a strong lead over Truex Jr by the end to take second place.

When it was all said and done, every moment matters. For Kyle Larson, the contact with Christopher Bell could have ended his hopes of winning. However, he held firm and kept his car moving. Larson takes the checkered flag as it waves over Watkins Glen.

Five wins on the seasons for Kyle Larson.