NASCAR: Kyle Larson Takes Yet Another Win in Nashville

by John Jamison

Kyle Larson is absolutely unstoppable right now. The driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet is your Father’s Day winner of the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. That makes fourcount ’emfour straight NASCAR event wins in a row.

Kyle Larson finished his 300 laps in the lead, posting a 30.552 for his best lap time. Ross Chastain in the No. 42 Chevy, William Byron in the No. 24. Chevy, Aric Almirola in the No. 10 Ford, and Kevin Harvick in the No. 5 Ford rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

“We had enough rubber and enough fuel leftover to do a good burnout there at the end. But, yeah, can’t say enough about everyone at Hendrick Motorsports,, Valvoline, Tommy Tarleton,” Larson said in his postrace interview. “Thank you, Tommy, thanks Metrotech, everybody who’s been a part of this team this year. And I just hope we can keep it going.”

It was a messy race. A handful of drivers were consistently losing brakes. Most of the incidents occurred early, but a later example was made of No. 23 Toyota driver Bubba Wallace. He shredded his tire in Stage 2 after hitting leftover brake rotor pieces that hadn’t been cleared from the track.

Kyle Larson was a 5-2 favorite going into the race. He held on to complete his fourth straight victory. The Ally 400 was the first Cup Series race to be held at the Nashville venue in almost 40 years. And Kyle Larson came out of the gate hotter than the track itself. He led for 264 of 300 total laps, holding off a series of challenges to take home the win, and the points.

Kyle Larson is Making His Case for Championship Favorite

NASCAR fans will remember the All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway last week where Larson beat out Brad Keselowski for the privilege of winning the exhibition and taking home the $1 million purse. Not too shabby a result, especially considering he won two straight Cup Series races previously.

Last week’s All-Star Race didn’t yield any Series points for Larson, but today’s victory did. And Larson now finds himself trailing only Denny Hamlin for the Cup Series lead. Despite trailing in points, Larson has Hamlin beat in wins, laps led, and stage wins.