Kyle Larson to Back-Up Car Following Wreck in Practice

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By Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Points leader Kyle Larson will have to start Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in a back-up car following a crash in final practice on Friday afternoon. Larson got into the outside wall at the entrance of turn one then spun out, sustaining enough damage to have to go to a back-up car.

“I felt like I was going to crash every lap since we unloaded today,” said Larson. “We only made like seven laps the first practice because I was spinning out every time. They made some big adjustments there between practices, but I actually thought my (Turns) 1 and 2 was better because as I run my (Turn) 3 and 4 has been my worst corner. I just tried to open my entry up a little bit in (Turn) 1 and it stepped out on me, I felt before I ever got to the corner, and I mean I didn’t have really time to chase it. I feel bad that I wrecked a primary car. Our back-up should be just as good, if not better than our primary.  Yeah, it’s just really, really edgy for some reason this weekend.”

Larson ended the session second quickest despite the crash and will qualify later this afternoon at 5:45 PM CT.

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