Kyle Larson’s bid for a fourth consecutive Michigan International Speedway win ended Sunday with a spin into the infield grass.
Larson was running eighth in the FireKeepers Casino 400 when his Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet broke loose off the exit of Turn 4 on Lap 85 of the 133-lap race, shortened from a scheduled 200 laps by rain. The car’s splitter dug into the damp infield and Larson pitted for repairs.
Pissed away what I felt like was the fastest car today. Stupid mistake on my end. Bummer
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) June 10, 2018
Larson ended the day in 28th place as the next-to-last driver on the lead lap. Sunday’s result ended a streak of four straight top-10 finishes for the No. 42 team.
Larson had started 26th after a subpar qualifying effort Friday, but had rallied to second place by the end of the first stage at Lap 60. He fell to 10th after the exchange of pit stops.
Larson lost a lap after his excursion into the grass, but regained it as the beneficiary of the race-ending caution period for rain. Three of his five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins have come at the 2-mile Michigan track.