Once a title contender, Kyle Larson suffers third consecutive DNF
The end of Kyle Larson’s 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season isn’t going near as well as the beginning.
Larson suffered his third consecutive DNF in the playoffs in Sunday’s AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after wrecking on Lap 283 of 334 and his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet briefly burst into flames.
Larson suffered engine failures in his first two Cup series starts but has never failed to finish three consecutive races.
He suffered engine problems two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, which left him with a 39th-place finish and eliminated from further championship contention. Last week at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, he wrecked and finished 37th.
With four victories in the regular season, Larson began the playoffs as the second seed among the 16 playoff drivers.
“We can’t really execute, whether it’s bad pit stops, or bad luck with whatever happen to our right front (tire), we had a loose wheel and had to pit a couple of times to fix it,” Larson said.
“It’s frustrating because I know I had the best car. Lose track position and that’s what happens. You try to move forward and it’s hard to pass here. You try to find some stuff and you get into the wall.”
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