HAMPTON, Ga.— Kyle Larson was close, but came up short in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Larson assumed the lead after Kevin Harvick was busted for speeding on what would be the last pit stop of the race.
Larson lost the lead to Brad Keselowski due to the fact that he ran the high line of the racetrack instead of the lowline like Keselowsi.
Larson raced around Keselowski for majority of the race.
“Any time I was in front of him on short runs, he’s drive around me up top. And so, I knew I was going to have to take his line away on that start there for a couple of laps and try it,” said Larson.
Because tire wear is crucial at Atlanta Larson was unable to have the grip he needed.
Larson was disappointed that he was unable to get the win, but happy with his finish.
“It was disappointing not to get the win, but I’m happy about our second place run at a 1.5-mile where I struggle at. I can’t thank everybody at the shop enough for building great race cars, and Hendrick engines for supplying us with some great engines, I had a blast today. The Target Chevy was good. I ran the bottom a lot, which is not typically something I do. So, it was a lot of fun to learn how to kind of use both feet to get around the bottom and to do a good job with that.”
Larson’s second place finish comes after a 12th place finish at Daytona.