By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
The string of bad luck continues for Kyle Larson after wrecking his primary car in practice at Kansas Speedway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Grid driver is on the receiving end of a L1 Penalty that currently leaves him without his car chief, David Bryant, and 10 crucial points.
Larson’s No. 42 McDonald’s Trick. Treat. Win! Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was damaged in a single car incident in the opening practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 after his car broke loose in Turns 1 and 2. He slid up the track after overcorrecting, slamming the outside wall. The severe, jarring impact popped Larson’s helmet visor open and disconnected his air conditioning hose.
“I’m good, just mad at myself,” Larson said. “Made a mistake, got loose and had it corrected and then it was like the second time I corrected, I don’t know if I got it on the splitter or what, but then it didn’t turn and went straight. I just hate that we wrecked the primary car there.
“I’m sure our back-up car will be fine. We are always pretty good here at Kansas. We should be fine. I have been in a back-up car here before and been really fast. Just dig deep and work hard and see what we can do on Sunday.”
Larson enters Sunday afternoon’s race 11th in the Championship Standings. In the final race of the Round of 12, Larson is currently 36-Points behind the cutoff, held by defending Series Champion Martin Truex, Jr. Only a win can truly guarantee a continued Championship run for the Chip Ganassi Racing driver.
Kansas Speedway was Larson’s undoing in 2017. One of the favorites for the Championship last year, he entered Kansas in a decent points position after poor performances. A blown motor in last year’s race ultimately eliminated Larson from the Playoff Grid.