Another second for Larson at New Hampshire

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

For the eighth time of 2017, Kyle Larson finished second in the ISM Connect 300 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

After starting in the second position, Larson quickly went backwards in the opening laps of the race due to being on the splitter. Once the issue was rectified, Larson ran third and fifth for majority of the race.

“I felt like I wasn’t great on short runs, but I was really good on long runs, which was kind of opposite of practice.  I don’t know, I was kind of happy about that.”

On the final restart, Larson was able to move to the second position and keep up with race winner, Kyle Busch. However, Busch was able to beat Larson on getting back to the throttle earlier, and the short run speed was not there for Larson.

“Got a good restart there at the end, got to second, and kept my pace up with Kyle a little bit there, but he could just get pointed a little bit better than me and get the throttle down where I would spin my tires a little bit,” said Larson. “Too loose there on the short run, but if we could have had a long run, maybe who knows.  But he was fast, 78 was fast, Matt was really good, so I thought we were probably fourth best or so.”

With his second place finish, Larson was able to lock himself into the next round by being 62 points ahead of the cutoff line going into Dover. In the opening round, Larson feels that his top-five runs and good stage finishes would help. However, as he progresses further into the playoffs, he feels a win is necessary.

“Obviously, I think as you get into the later rounds, wins are even more important than they are now.  We had good regular season points, gave ourselves some good playoff points.  This first round I knew would be fairly easy, but I think as we get into the next round and then the third round, a win would be great.”

Larson was the only driver to lead one lap that was not powered by Toyota. Larson currently sits second in the playoff field, only 24 points behind leader, Martin Truex Jr.

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