Through the early portions of Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400, Kyle Larson looked like a legitimate race winning contender. He was running up front in his No. 42 Chevrolet and looked to have the pace to be celebrating in victory lane on Sunday evening at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Instead, Larson made a costly mistake on pit road following his stage win when his crew member was trying to clean off the front of his car. Larson, took off and the crewman wasn’t done yet. He drove out of his box with his crew member still cleaning, which is a penalty.
It’s a costly penalty too.
Larson, would lose a lap as a result and have to come out of a hole. He’d only get to 13th at the end.
“I felt like Chase (Elliott) was probably the fastest, but I felt like myself and William (Byron) were probably the next best,” Larson said of the race. “We won the first stage and during that pit stop, I didn’t wait on them to pull tape and kind of drug the crew member out of the pit box. So, I got a penalty there, a pretty stiff one. I had to lose a lap, but I got the lucky dog.
“I thought we were going to be OK and there at the end. We actually had a slow green-flag stop because we had some damage and they couldn’t get the right front out. We ended up 13th, but I felt like we could have easily been in the top-three.”
Larson, was mad that they didn’t get a finish that they deserved. Still, he has seven top eight finishes in his last nine starts on the season and heading towards a very good round of tracks for him in the Round of 12.
“Just disappointed that we don’t have the finish to show for how good our car was,” Larson continued. “We just had to be cautious and stay out on older tires to try to be ahead of the craziness that was bound to happen. I just lost a lot of spots to guys on new tires. I just wish I would have had more points so we could have come to pit and be aggressive on tires and not really worry about crashing. We’re onto the next round. We’ve been running pretty strong in these Playoffs, so we’ll keep going.”