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Kyle Larson‘s struggles have been noticeable in the past two seasons.
Following a breakout year in 2017, the Chip Ganassi driver has regressed since then.
His 2019 is off to an even worse start, as #42 struggles to secure a playoff spot.
However, the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series makes a stop at what is arguably his best track.
The repaved two-mile oval at Michigan has been a place of happy memories for Larson.
This weekend’s round could be the chance he has been looking for in 2019.
He did come close at Pocono.
Larson won both stages and was in a position to fight for his first points-paying win of the year.
However, a coming together with Clint Bowyer in a late restart ended his hopes.
What: FireKeepers Casino 400
Where: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI
When: Sunday, June 9th at 2:00 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
It took a few races for Kyle Larson to get rolling at Michigan.
The Chip Ganassi driver did score an eighth-place finish in the first start at the track.
After that, however, a streak of three results outside the top 10 followed.
Things finally changed in 2016, with a third-place finish continuing a strong start to the season.
Larson had a poor run of results the same year following that race, scoring three top 10 in eight starts.
He broke out of that run in style as the series visited Michigan for the second race.
The Ganassi driver led the most laps on the way to his first ever Cup Series victory.
It was his only win that season, but enough to secure a spot in the playoffs.
This race marked the start of a dominant run for Larson at the oval.
The following year, #42 scored his second consecutive victory at Michigan, winning the first race from the pole.
He then completed the sweep by repeating his 2016 result and winning the second race as well.
As Chevrolet struggled in 2018, Larson failed to score a single victory last season.
The manufacturer scored a series low four wins, its worst result in decades.
Larson had five runner-up finishes as his best results in 2018.
He did qualify for the playoffs, ultimately securing a solid ninth place in the points standings.
This season, however, has marked a significant drop in form for the past championship contender.
Kyle Larson has only managed to score four top 10 in 14 starts this season.
His poor start to the year saw only two top 10 in the first ten rounds of 2019.
Larson had a slightly better showing in recent races, however.
The #42 driver has shown some positive signs of improvement.
His Pocono form is the best proof there is.
One could even argue that it was Larson’s race to lose, were it not for the contact with Bowyer.
Michigan comes up as the perfect opportunity for a recovery.
Kyle Larson’s three wins in only ten starts lead all active drivers at the track.
Should he find that magic once again, #42 is an interesting pick for the weekend.
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