Kyle Larson has a reason to be excited.
In the last two months dating back to Sonoma, Larson has two DNFs and five finishes of 23rd or worst. He also lost crew chief Chad Johnston to a three-race suspension. Johnston returned last weekend at Watkins Glen.
Now with Larson third in the points, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver is going to a track he’s hard to beat.
The Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway, which the No. 42 team has won the last two races.
“I think what happened is they detuned their race cars a little bit,” NASCAR America’s Slugger Labbe said of the team’s recent run of bad luck following Johnston’s suspension. “I think it’s time at Michigan, won the last two races, to get back to racing.”
Parker Kligerman said the upcoming races provide a “litmus test” for the team to find out if they have lost speed.
“When he goes to Michigan and they’re suddenly not as fast at Michigan as in recent months and last year, then there’s a question mark,” Kligerman said. “That’s going to be great for them to find out.”