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Kyle Larson takes terrible tumble to end Talladega Cup race – 247Sports

Kyle Larson takes terrible tumble to end Talladega Cup race – 247Sports
02 Oct

If it weren’t for bad luck, NASCAR’s Kyle Larson would have no luck at all.

The former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year entered Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway in the midst of a rough start to his year, as he has finished in the Top 10 just twice and had crashed out of two of the past three races. And on the last lap of the GEICO 500, he made it three out of four in spectacular fashion.

As the field took the white flag with second-generation star Chase Elliott out in front, the final lap began with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pounding the wall, sliding down to the inside of the racetrack. The caution was not thrown, as NASCAR allowed the field to continue to race for the win.

Then, off of Turn Two, contact between William Byron, David Ragan, and Paul Menard sent Byron’s car down into Larson and Jeffrey Earnhardt’s. Larson’s car became airborne as it slid towards the inside wall, finally making impact and then taking a series of ugly flips before finally coming to rest right-side up.

The race would end under caution, with Elliott scoring his first-ever win at Talladega and the fourth of his Cup career. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman finished second, followed by rookies Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, and Brendan Gaughan. No one was injured in either accident on the final lap.

Having a background as a sprint car racer, Sunday’s accident was far from the first time that Larson has ever gone upside down in a racecar. However, that didn’t exactly make rolling down Talladega’s backstretch a pleasant experience.

“That was the longest flip I’ve ever had,” Larson told FOX Sports after being released from the infield care center.

Despite a breakout season where he won four races in 2017, Larson continues to be mired in a slump. He has not won a Cup Series race since Richmond in the Fall of 2017.

Elliott’s win is the first victory for Chevrolet this season, which has been dominated by Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas and Team Penske Fords. Elliott’s Talladega win also comes 34 years after his father Bill Elliott’s most-famous Talladega victory, where he came back from two laps down under green flag conditions to win the 1985 Winston 500. Elliott also won another Talladega race in 1987.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway next week, which bodes very well for Elliott: The last time the Cup Series raced at Dover last Fall, it was Elliott who took the checkered flag.



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