AVONDALE, Ariz. – Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway went to overtime which is only like half a lap, and Kyle Larson finished 2nd. Again. His third second place finish to start the season. We’re 4 races in, so that’s 75% of the time.
Kyle, who won none of the stages finished 2nd in the First Stage, and 2nd in the Second Stage, and you guessed it. 2nd in the third stage/finish of the race. That third stage is weird, you want to call it a stage but don’t because it’s the finish. Like how you want to call it the Monster Energy Cup series but can’t.
Kyle Larson is now the points leader. Three 2nd place finishes will do that for you. Did we mention he finished second in the Credit One Chevy SS for Chip Ganassi? Second. Also scored more points than the winner of the race, so who’s the real winner here?
Ryan Newman is, he got the trophy.
Kyle had a shot at the win after pitting for two fresh tires and beating the always even keeled, never over the top Kyle Busch off pit road. Problem with that was the fact three cars stayed out on track so Kyle would start 4th.
Not bad, 2 lap shootout, we’ve seen guys on new tires win these before. Denny Hamlin has done it, Kyle Busch has done it, everyone had. Like our version of the two minute drill just with stock cars but still helmets.
Flag drops, Larson thought he was clear going into Turn 1. Ended up getting a bump from buddy Ricky Stenhouse Jr. that allowed Newman to get enough of a gap for the win. On a day that was hotter than the devil’s dick.
People forget that Kyle owes Newman a bump for that move back in 2014 where the #31 bodied Larson to make it to the final race of the chase. Better be looking over your back flyin’ Ryan. Never know when disaster can strike. A Newman Larson fight would be electric. Like Blanka fighting Ryu on Street Fighter.
One of these days it will be a winning race recap. Either that or Kyle turns into the Buffalo Bills. Please lord don’t let that happen. Don’t let him be the Cal Naughton Jr. of real life NASCAR.