NASCAR driver Kyle Larson is still leading the playoff points after a lackluster run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo by Jerry Jordan/Kickin' the Tires

Kyle Larson Leaves Las Vegas Still Leading NASCAR’s Playoff Points

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

LAS VEGAS – Despite getting caught up in a fuel mileage debacle during Stage 2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson was able to maintain a 14-point lead in NASCAR’s Cup Series Playoffs heading into a wildcard race next weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

“We were on the crap end of that where we just didn’t do a good job and we stayed out and had to pit when them guys were able to stretch it and then we went a lap down,” Larson said, who brought his car home 10th place. “We just did a poor job executing there in the second stage and got ourselves trapped a lap down and had to do the wave around. Being on old tires for half the lap stage, it was hard to battle our way through being at a tire disadvantage. I don’t know.

“We just had to fight and ended up 10th … would have liked to have been better, so I feel like we gave up a good bit of points but it’s nice that we’re a good bit ahead.”

Larson is pretty much a lock to move on to the next round of the playoffs baring disastrous finishes over the next two weeks. He came into Las Vegas with a 30-point lead over then-second place contender, Martin Truex Jr. and his cushion on Hamlin is somewhat irrelevant because Hamlin won Sunday’s race and that locks him into the next round. The next viable contender in this round of the playoffs is Kyle Busch, who is trailing Larson by 22 points.

Looking ahead a week, he said the finish tonight does “not really” affect how he approaches Talladega.

Kyle Larson runs 10th in the NASCAR Playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo by Jerry Jordan/Kickin' the Tires
Kyle Larson runs 10th in the NASCAR Playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo by Jerry Jordan/Kickin’ the Tires
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2 thoughts on “Kyle Larson Leaves Las Vegas Still Leading NASCAR’s Playoff Points

  1. Could anybody explain to me how even though Larson has the most playoff points Denny Hamlin is ahead of him in the playoffs? I cannot find a definitive answer on the internet and nobody I know who watches nascar even knows nor cares to know. I’m just trying to get a full concept on how nascar playoffs work.

  2. So, here is my basic take on it. Kyle has more points but because of the Stage setup, Denny locks into the next round of the playoffs automatically with the win. It is all but a given that Larson will advance, as well, but until he gets a win or gets through Dega, he technically could fall out of the playoffs. Thanks Jerry

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