Larson grabs History 300 win from the high line

May 24, 2014 No Comments
Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images

 

Brad Keselowski had ran up on some lapped traffic and Kyle Larson was just a few tenths of a second behind Keselowski, but Larson saw the open line.

The only problem was that it was right next to the fence and would require the leaders, plus a lapped car to go three-wide on one of the narrowest parts of the raceway.

Being young and a bit of a risk taker though, Larson took that line and ran just a few inches from the wall as the three cars of Larson, Josh Wise and Keselowski rounded turn four and came roaring down the frontstretch tri-oval. Larson was snugged up against the wall. He may have been riding high, but he was also making the pass count.

By the time the three cars were entering turn one there was a new leader, and just over 80 laps to go in the race.

For the last 80 laps they belonged to Larson as he started to drive away from the field. However there were still two obsticales in his way. He still needed to make a final pit-stop and also survive a restart late in the race. Both came around the same time, when with just under 30 laps to go a piece of debris was found at the entry to turn three.

On pit road, Larson’s crew did their job as Larson was able to beat everybody out of the pits. On the restart Larson would have to hold off some of the heavy hitters of the sport, as Keselowski lined up right beside him and Kevin Harvick, who had led laps earlier in the day was right behind, as was the No. 54 car driven by Kyle Busch.

On the restart though, Larson drove off from the drop of the flag and by the time he entered turn three he was already starting to put a few tenths of a second over the rest of the field.

Over the last 30 laps, Larson increased his lead. With clear air in front of him,  Larson drove off from the field and to the victory, the second of the season for him and his second career Nationwide win. His earlier win came at AutoClub Speedway in California.

Larson sped off to the win, and the History 300, one of the longest races of the year for the Nationwide Series, was ran in a mere two hours.

A blistering pace was set as only 12 cars finished on the lead lap. Busch held the lead early on after starting on the pole. It was Harvick though that  was able to first capture the top position from Busch early on.

Soon after Harvick took the lead Keselowski ran Harvick down, where he led until Larson took the lead away for good.

Three times the race was slowed down by caution flags. Twice for debris and the first one came out for a spin.

In the points race, Chase Elliot took a hit when he took a hit against the wall about halfway through the race. Elliot was driving down the backstretch when suddenly something went wrong, and the No. 9 car went into the wall. After making repairs to the car, Elliot was able to get back out on the track, several laps down.

Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler jumped Elliot in the points as Smith moves into the lead and Sadler sits second.

History 300 results:

1. Kyle Larson

2. Brad Keselowski

3. Kyle Busch

4. Kevin Harvick

5. Brian Scott

6. Matt Kenseth

7. Regan Smith

8. Trevor Bayne

9. Chris Buescher

10. Ty Dillon

11. James Buescher

12. Elliot Sadler

13. Dylan Kwasniewski

14. Ryan Reed

15. Jeb Burton

16. Johnny Sauter

17. Brendan Gaughan

18. Ross Chastain

19. Dakota Armstrong

20. Mike Bliss

21. J.J. Yeley

22. John Wes Townley

23. Mike Bliss

24. David Starr

25. Jeffery Earnhardt

26. Chad Boat

27. Ryan Sieg

28. Josh Wise

29. Eric McClure

30. Landon Cassill

31. Tommy Joe Martins

32. Kyle Fowler

33. Carlos Contreras

34. Joey Gase

35. Chris Cockrum

36. Derrike Cope

37. Chase Elliot

38. Harrison Rhodes

39. Kevin Lepage

40. Tanner Berryhill

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