HOMESTEAD, Fla – Kyle Larson was disappointed to get eliminated from championship contention last Sunday in Phoenix. But, he was at least proud of he and his team to make it this far. This was the first time that either have made it past the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Now, they’re looking to beat the Penske’s to grab fifth in the final standings.
Larson, enters Sunday’s season finale 23 points behind Joey Logano for those honors. He’s also 18 points ahead of Ryan Blaney and 22 over Brad Keselowski. It will likely be a four driver battle for that fifth spot, which holds some weight.
See, while the focus is on the Championship 4, being the best driver not among those guys is at least something to hang your hat onto.
While Penske would like to finish 5-6-7, Larson is the guy in the middle keeping them from doing that. Plus, Larson can easily get to fifth.
He heads to Homestead with two top 10’s in his last three starts on the season. Also, Homestead is arguably his best track. He was fifth in 2015, second in 2016, third in 2017 and 13th last year. He’s led 132 laps in 2016, 145 more in 2017 and 45 last year.
Meanwhile, Logano hasn’t won since June 10. He’s had just three top five finishes since. Blaney, hasn’t finished better than 17th in his four Homestead tries.
It’s shaping up for Larson to get to fifth.