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LARSON DRIVES FROM BACK OF THE FIELD TO FINISH 11TH AT DOVER

Posted: June 02, 2014

Results (with starting position) for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway

1.             (4) Jimmy Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet SS  

11.          (40) Kyle Larson, No. 42 Cottonelle Chevrolet SS

13.          (19) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS

Larson Drives from Back of the Field to Finish 11th  

DOVER, Del. (June 2, 2014) – Team Target’s penchant for bringing fast cars to the track continued this weekend at Dover International Speedway (Dover).  Kyle Larson’s Cottonelle Chevrolet SS looked good from the first practice session at the Monster Mile, and those speeds helped him secure a starting position of fifth during Friday’s two-round qualifying session.  Unfortunately, Larson had to start at the rear of the field after the team was forced to replace the engine following the final practice session.  Once the green flag was dropped on Sunday, it took Larson much of the first half of the race to fight his way through the field and into the top-10, but once there he continued to drive hard during the second half to finish the race in 11th place.   

Larson and Team Target got onto the track Friday with the No. 42 Cottonelle Chevy under cool and cloudy conditions, which would ultimately be quite different from Sunday’s cloudless, warm weather.  Larson ended the first day on the track with top-five speeds in practice and qualifying.  The second day of practice saw some fall-off in his lap times as the weather warmed up and the track changed.  The team worked hard during the final practice to get the car in good shape for Sunday’s race, and made positive gains on the car’s setup that paid off when the race started.

Although Larson qualified to start the race in the fifth position, an engine issue that could not be fixed forced the team to replace it and thus be moved to the back of the field.  Larson worked steadily to improve upon his starting position of 40th, and managed to drive inside the top-20 within 100 laps of the start.  By lap 157, Larson had moved up to a race-high position of fifth.  Larson continued to drive hard for the remainder of the race and took advantage of a good car to finish just outside of the top-10 in 11th place.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

  • Larson’s qualifying position of fifth for the FedEx 400 was the second time in three races the No. 42 Target Chevy has qualified in the top-five
  • Larson had 49 green flag passes during the race on his way to picking up 29 positions from start to finish, his biggest gain during a race this season
  • For the ninth time in 13 races this season, Larson was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year candidate, and earned Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors
  • With the 11th place finish, Larson moved to 10th place in the driver point standings, a gain of three positions from last week.  It is the first time this season that Larson has been in the top-10 of the standings
  • During the 400 lap race, the caution flag came out eight times, and the race was red-flagged twice

TCGRFS QUOTEBOARD

Kyle Larson – No. 42 Cottonelle Chevrolet SS: “We had an up and down weekend, but really proud of Team Target for a strong race and finish today.  We started off at the rear of field after being forced to change the engine, but the Cottonelle Chevy was really fast, which helped us get to the front pretty quickly.  The crew did a really good job setting up the car for the race, and I thought it was a good day for the team all-around.  The pit crew had some good pit stops that helped me get through the field and gain 29 spots from start to finish.  We’ll get to work this week to field a strong car next weekend in Pocono.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 400, on Sunday, June 8, 2014.  Coverage will begin on TNT at 1 p.m. ET, Sirius/XM Channel 90 and MRN affiliated radio stations will also have live coverage.

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world.  Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Overall his teams have 17 championships and 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, five Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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