Kyle Larson has proved to be consistent. Whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen.
The Elk Grove native finished in second place – again – on Sunday in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. The runner-up finish is Larson’s fifth in 13 races this season.
He was in position to earn his second victory this year but a rough final restart allowed Jimmie Johnson to get yet another win at a track where he’s been dominant. Johnson won for the 11th time at Dover International Speedway.
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“Obviously I didn’t need that last caution,” Larson told NASCAR.com. “Yeah, I mean, Jimmie is the best of our time, probably the best of all time. He just has obviously a lot more experience than I do out on the front row late in races and executed a lot better than I did. I’ve got to get better at that and maybe get some more wins.”
Larson held the lead six times for 241 laps, but a crash with four laps left put the race in caution and extended it from 400 to 406 laps.
He’s in second place in the Monster Energy Cup standings with 536 points, just nine behind Martin Truex Jr. and holding a comfortable 107-point cushion on Kevin Harvick.
Larson also finished second at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Texas, but he’s not quite near the record for one season. That number is 13, set by Harvick in 2015.
There are 23 races left on the Monster Energy Cup schedule.