NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
08 Feb
-
09 Feb
Event finished
08 Feb
-
17 Feb
Event finished
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
Event finished
28 Feb
-
01 Mar
First Practice in
21 Hours
:
14 Minutes
:
47 Seconds
R
Phoenix
06 Mar
-
08 Mar
Next event in
7 days
R
Atlanta
13 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
14 days
R
Homestead
20 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
21 days
R
27 Mar
-
29 Mar
Next event in
28 days
R
Bristol
03 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
35 days
R
Richmond
17 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
49 days
R
Talladega
24 Apr
-
26 Apr
Next event in
56 days
R
01 May
-
03 May
Next event in
63 days
R
Martinsville
07 May
-
09 May
Next event in
69 days
R
All-Star
15 May
-
16 May
Next event in
77 days
R
Charlotte
22 May
-
24 May
Next event in
84 days
R
29 May
-
31 May
Next event in
91 days
R
Michigan
05 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
98 days
R
12 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
105 days
R
Chicagoland
19 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
112 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
119 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
126 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
132 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
140 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
161 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
168 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
175 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
181 days
R
Darlington
04 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
189 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
195 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
202 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
210 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
217 days
R
Charlotte II
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
224 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
231 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
238 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
245 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
252 days

Larson "was actually surprised" he even got to Bowman

shares
comments
Larson "was actually surprised" he even got to Bowman
By:
Jul 1, 2019, 2:14 AM

Kyle Larson came oh so close to besting Alex Bowman in the closing laps at Chicagoland Speedway, but he was forced to settle for the runner-up spot for the second consecutive year.

Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro McDonald's
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro McDonald's
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro McDonald's
Race Winner Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta
Race Winner Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta

As Bowman struggled through slower traffic, Larson was able to whittle away his three-second advantage and reach the rear bumper of the No. 88.

With seven laps to go, he completed the pass, but Bowman was able to respond and take it back on Lap 262 of 267.

"Yeah, I could see him struggle when I was getting to him, and when I got by him, I'm like, all right, good, he's going to be in my dirty air and get loose," said Larson. "He could get big runs on me down the straightaways, and I think that allowed him to get that run into 1 and he got to the main side and I got tight, I don't know if him getting air on my spoiler or something got him tight, but I had to kind of breathe it a little bit, and then we side drafted on the backstretch.

"I wish I would have maybe done some things different into 3 instead of going all the way to wall, maybe chase him to bottom, just try to hang on his quarter, but he might have cleared me anyways down there."

The final margin of victory was just over half a second, Larson's best result of the 2019 season. 

Read Also:

"Was actually surprised I even got to him," admitted Larson. "I thought when he came out about the same distance off pit road in front of me, I thought he was just going to check out. But like I said, he was struggling, and we were able to get to him and get by him, but he did a good job. He did a good job regrouping and figuring out how to make his car drive better and got the win.

"Cool to see him get the win there. Would have liked for him to have to wait another week or so, but happy for him. He's an open‑wheel guy, so cool to see."

The top-five was a great boost to Larson's playoff hopes as he now sits 35 points clear of the cut line. 13th in the championship standings.

Next article
Alex Bowman bests Larson, scores first Cup win at Chicagoland

Previous article

Alex Bowman bests Larson, scores first Cup win at Chicagoland

Next article

Alex Bowman’s win just part of Hendrick Motorsports’ big day 

Alex Bowman’s win just part of Hendrick Motorsports’ big day 
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Event Chicagoland
Author Nick DeGroot