Before this season, Kyle Larson had won six career NASCAR Cup Series races in parts of eight seasons. This year, he has won eight. Today’s win at Texas may have been his easiest yet. Given that this was the win he needed to guarantee a spot in next month’s Championship Four, the effortless-looking day could not have come at a better time.
Larson led 256 of 334 laps, but the more impressive feat was his ability to hold the lead during an onslaught of late restarts. Thanks in no small part to some cover from Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron and Chevrolet manufacturer ally Tyler Reddick, Larson survived six wild double-file restarts in the last 60 laps without even facing a real challenge to his lead. He is now officially locked into the Championship Four, a position his seven prior wins had effectively put him in on playoff points already, and will be able to take the next two weeks easy before staring down a one-in-four shot at his first career series title in November.
Behind Larson, the other playoff drivers had much more difficult days. Most of those issues came in that flurry of restarts, a chaotic hour of racing that broke up an otherwise largely dull day. Chase Briscoe brought out the first of the six yellows by spinning with a blown tire just behind Denny Hamlin, but it was the second yellow that first hurt a playoff driver. That would be Joey Logano, who blew an engine on the brief green flag run that followed. Logano would be scored a disappointing 30th.
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