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NASCAR Cup: Larson takes third straight at Michigan

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August 13. 2017 9:31PM
KYLE LARSON (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Larson claimed his third consecutive win at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday when he took the lead from Martin Truex Jr. on an overtime restart in the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. It was his third win of 2017.

Furniture Row Racing teammates Truex and Erik Jones finished second and third. For Jones, the top-three tied his career-best finish.

Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five.

The race went into overtime as the result of a Michael McDowell-Paul Menard wreck on lap 195 that brought out the yellow flag for the fifth time in the race and, then, the red flag for extensive track clean-up. The race restarted with Truex and Jones on the front row and Larson in fourth.

Truex was the class of the field in the second half of the race, but when he pitted during a cycle of green-flag pit stops with just over 40 laps remaining, varying pit strategies put other drivers up front.

Truex was back up front when he stayed out during the fourth caution of the race that came out for a smoking Joey Logano on lap 186.

Michigan native Brad Keselowski dominated the first half of the race and was the winner of the first 60-lap stage. Truex took the win in stage two, his series-leading 15th stage win of the season.

After starting on the pole, Keselowski led the first 42 laps before

pitting during a cycle of green-flag pit stops. Another Michigan driver, Jones, stayed out four extra laps during the cycle to lead before Keselowski cycled back around to the top spot.

Daniel Suarez stayed out during the caution at the end of the first stage to inherit the lead. When the race restarted for stage two,

Keselowski retook the position, but Suarez maintained second until finally having to pit on lap 91. Suarez’s race ended prematurely when

he wrecked with Kasey Kahne with 60 laps remaining.

Another cycle of green-flag stops began just past lap 105. When that cycle completed near the end of the second stage, Truex was up front and Keselowski in second.

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