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Kyle Larson Strikes In New York, Wins Go Bowling At The Glen Besting Teammate Chase Elliott

Next week in Indianapolis, you may struggle to pick which Hendrick Motorsports driver is the favorite as Kyle Larson has done it again. Larson's victory may have been well in hand for the last 20 laps of today's NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, but he actually spent most of the day in a three-way battle with Joe Gibbs Racing cars that seemed to be just as quick as him. The battle took a turn when he and the JGR Toyota of his longtime dirt racing rival Christopher Bell made contact in turn 1, spinning Bell and leaving Larson in a one-on-one battle with leader Martin Truex Jr. Larson cleared Truex, eventually building a significant lead over him and never looking back.

“It’s awesome,” Larson said after his series-leading fifth victory of the season. “It really shows just how good the organization is.”

Elliott who raced through the field after having to start from the back due to a penalty in pre race inspection, looked strong but battled through multiple setbacks throughout the race. Elliott was able to make it to second place and finish there, but was more than two seconds behind Larson.

“I just hate it. I made too many mistakes to win,” Elliott said. “It was too late in the race to recover from it.”

Martin Truex Jr. seemed to have the strongest Toyota on Sunday as all 4 of the Joe Gibbs Racing cars seemed to be the only real coopetition coming outside of the Hendrick Motorsports stable.

Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin completed the top five, while William Byron and Christopher Bell in sixth and seventh guaranteed only Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports cars in the top seven on a day dominated by the two blue chip teams. The win for Larson moves him into a dead heat with Hamlin for the regular season championship lead, a battle that at one time Hamlin had a huge lead but after a hot summer from Larson and a lack of wins for Hamlin is currently tied.

Top 10:

  1.    Kyle Larson

  2.    Chase Elliott

  3.    Martin Truex, Jr.

  4.    Kyle Busch

  5.    Denny Hamlin

  6.    William Byron

  7.    Christopher Bell

  8.    Kevin Harvick

  9.    Chase Briscoe

  10.    Tyler Reddick

  11.    Matt DiBenedetto

  12.    Ross Chastain

  13.    Kurt Busch

  14.    Ryan Blaney

  15.    Austin Dillon

  16.    Aric Almirola

  17.    Chris Buescher

  18.    Cole Custer

  19.    Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

  20.    Alex Bowman

  21.    Michael McDowell

  22.    Joey Logano

  23.    Bubba Wallace

  24.    Corey LaJoie

  25.    Ryan Newman

  26.    Anthony Alfredo

  27.    Erik Jones

  28.    Ryan Preece

  29.    Justin Haley

  30.    Kyle Tilley

  31.    Daniel Suarez

  32.    Quin Houff

  33.    Josh Bilicki

  34.    R.C. Enerson

  35.    Brad Keselowski

  36.    Garrett Smithley

  37.    James Davison

Check out the recap by Dustin Long of NBC Sports:

Fantasy Players, check out the recap from David Fucillo:


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