AVONDALE, AZ (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Larson fell short in his bid to get to the NASCAR Championship 4 next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Larson finished fourth in Sunday’s Bluegreen Vacations 500 but needed either a win or some of his fellow competitors to have trouble for him to qualify for the title fight.
“The 11 was obviously really fast,” said Larson referring to race winner Denny Hamlin. “I couldn’t really make the VHT work throughout our run, but for the first few laps I knew it would be really grippy up there, I was just always stuck on the bottom. It was a so-so day, but able to finish fourth. Obviously we needed a win, but didn’t get that done.”
What Larson and his No. 42 Clover/Credit One Bank/McDonald’s Camaro team did accomplish was take Chip Ganassi Racing the farthest they have ever gone in the NASCAR Playoffs.
“All in all, a great season for our team,” said Larson. “A little rocky at the start, but we kept our heads down and kept working hard and got our stuff a lot better and more consistent throughout this season.”
Larson started the season with a seventh place finish at Daytona followed by eight finishes outside the top 10 in the ten races that followed, including finishes of 39th at Texas and 37th at Richmond.
“You need to have a really good regular season if you really want to have a shot to win the championship because points still really matter,” said Larson. “Next year we’ll try and work harder and do better throughout the regular season to benefit ourselves when we get to the playoffs.”
Larson is focused on closing out the season strong and getting that elusive victory at his favorite track, Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I’ve felt like a win has been coming every time I show up there,” said Larson. “We’ll try and end this season strong there with a win and celebrate in Miami.”