Kyle Larson Claims Fourth Win of 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season at Nashville
The debut of the NASCAR Cup Series at the Nashville Superspeedway Sunday afternoon witnessed a familiar face in victory lane at the end of the race. Kyle Larson found himself yet again in victory lane, scoring his fourth win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season at the debut of the series at the Nashville Superspeeday. The win marks his third consecutive win on series calendar, and the tenth victory of his Cup Series career. If you count the All-Star race at Texas Motor Speedway, Larson has captured the last four checkered flags the Nascar Cup Series has competed for.
Not All Smooth Sailing for Larson Sunday
Larson led a dominating 264 of the 300 laps run on Sunday. However, even with that dominating of a performance, his race did not go as perfectly as it seems. Late in the going, on lap 246, Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro picked up some debris on the front grill. Fearing overheating issues for his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Larson drafted up behind the lapped car of J.J. Yeley, which allowed air to remove the debris from the front of the car, ending the threat of overheating.
Heat, Brake Failures Run Rampant Sunday Afternoon
A few of the competitors Sunday suffered brake issues, resulting in poor overall finishes. Among those who had brake issues hamper their day was Ryan Blaney. Blaney crashed his No. 12 Ford Mustang on lap 55 of the race, due to break rotor issues. Cole Custer and Ryan Preece also suffered brake issues on their cars, resulting in finishes outside of the top 30. Hot temperatures at the Nashville Superspeedway contributed to the numerous brake failures witnessed Sunday.
How the Rest of the Field Finished
Ross Chastain, who has been racing more and more at the front over the past few races, finished in second behind Larson on Sunday. The runner-up finish is the best finish of Chastain’s Cup Series career so far. Larson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron finished a close third, while Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five finishing in fourth and fifth. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished in sixth place, while Daniel Suarez finished in seventh for Trackhouse Racing. Kurt Busch, Christopher Bell and Joey Logano rounded out the top ten, finishing in eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.
What’s Next For the NASCAR Cup Series?
The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action on Saturday, June 26th and 27th for a doubleheader at the Pocono Raceway. Fans can catch all of the racing action at 3:00pm EST on Saturday and 3:30pm EST on NBCSN, MRN, and SiriusXM.
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