Kyle Larson spun out exiting Turn 2. Good thing it came after he took the checkered flag.
Larson held off a hard-charging Corey LaJoie during a ferocious finish to Saturday’s K&N Pro Series East G-Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“I had to make sure I didn’t spin the tires (on the restart),” said Larson, a 20-year-old rookie, who drives for 2011 Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. “Corey had the better car. … Luckily I held him off for the win.
It was the second win of the season for Larson, who now has nine top-10s, including six top-fives in 10 starts.
Darrell Wallace Jr., Dylan Kwasniewski and Chase Elliott rounded out the top-five.
Travis Pastrana, an 11-time X Games gold medallist and winner of July’s Global Rally Cross SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe at “The Magic Mile,” finished seventh – his fourth top-10 in his last five East starts.
LaJoie was looking to chase down Larson for his second straight win and third of the season. A late restart, following a multi-car accident, with under 10 laps remaining gave LaJoie the opportunity to get out front. Larson did an admirable job of holding off the No. 07 Ford by a half a car length and coasted to Victory Lane with his first NHMS win. But not before spinning out as he exited Turn 2 in his post-race cool-down lap.
“He was just far enough out and I could not get to his bumper at Turn 4,” said LaJoie of the final lap. “(Larson) had just enough steam to beat me to the line.”
“Thankfully he raced me clean,” added Larson. “We rubbed fenders a few times, but it was good, hard racing and I had a lot of fun.”
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