Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan again

Kyle Larson took control on a restart with five laps remaining and raced to his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, holding off Chase Elliott on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

After finishing outside the top 20 in five consecutive races, Joey Logano brought the No. 22 vehicle home third, having the freshest tires toward the front of the field.

One thing that is certain - each stage victor will receive one bonus point that will be applied to the 10-race playoff, and the top 10 finishers in each stage will earn points for their regular season total.

Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 20 top-10 finishes at MI while Kevin Harvick has finished second in five of the last eight races at MI.

Larson started from the pole, led the most laps and was able to hold the lead throughout three restarts over the last 20 laps to give himself a Father's Day present. Three times in the last six races the victor came from the pole position and only Kyle Larson last August started outside the Top 10 and finished inside the Top 3 in laps led. In 12 season starts, he has earned four top-10 finishes. "We always seem to have a lot of speed (at Michigan)", Larson, who's second to Martin Truex points, said. After finishing 18 in last year's race, Gaughan went on to rally off seven top 10's. That is the most in the history of the series. In the 10 races where has not wrecked or had technical difficulties, the No. 2 Team Penske Ford driver hasn't finished lower than seventh.

Johnson said he recently introduced his daughters to Star Wars, so obviously they've already decided on this year's Halloween costumes. "Getting the pole after winning here previous year, we just hope to keep it going".

Harvick messed up his lap in the final round of qualifying, and after leading the first two rounds, he will have to start 11th. It was his second ARCA victory in as many years at MIS.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won at Talladega, Austin Dilllon at Charlotte and Ryan Blaney at Pocono.

It's time for NASCAR to make one of its two stops at Michigan International Speedway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. created a stir in early June when he named 10 drivers to watch after he retires at the end of this season. But the rookies time atop the speed chart was short-lived as Kyle Busch bumped him with a lap of 197.938mph. Last year's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Justin Haley attempts to best his career-best sixth-place finish at Texas last Friday.

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