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Kyle Larson, who qualified third on Saturday, ran in the top five early on Sunday under threatening skies at Dover Motor Speedway. When a caution for inclement weather waved at lap 69, the driver of the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 stayed on the track while some of the leaders pitted for new tires and fuel. But a persistent rain postponed the event until Monday with Larson scored as the leader overnight.

When the race restarted just past noon on Monday, Larson lost the lead to Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott with 27 laps to go in stage one. On older tires and battling a tight condition on the No. 5 entry, Larson began losing positions. The 29-year-old driver fell to sixth before the stage ended at lap 120.

After stopping for new tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment during the stage break, Larson restarted eighth and gained a position before spinning on the frontstretch of the 1-mile concrete track on lap 156. However, the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion made only slight contact with the inside wall and lost only one lap as he slowly drove the car back to the pits on flat tires.

After multiple stops to repair the damage, Larson restarted 31st on lap 163. When another caution waved on lap 189, Larson was the beneficiary of the free pass back onto the lead lap since he was the highest scored driver one or more laps down. The race restarted on lap 200 of 400 with the Elk Grove, California, native scored 29th. By lap 240 when a caution waved, he was up to 20th. A quick stop by the No. 5 pit crew gained him five positions in the race off pit road allowing Larson to finish stage two in 15th.

On the restart, Larson quickly moved up to ninth and, when a caution waved on lap 325, he was scored fifth. After another fast four-tire stop by the No. 5 crew, Larson restarted in that same position. But he had fallen to eighth by lap 370. Larson was able to pass Kyle Busch for a position and gained another spot on the last lap when Martin Truex spun to post a sixth-place result. The reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion moved up another two spots in the standings and now sits seventh after the season’s first 10 races.

Larson is now eighth in the point standings, 83 markers behind points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott.

QUOTING KYLE LARSON:
“It was a tough day but great work by this team – they never gave up. I was tight that first run and we loosened it up a bit and it just got out from under me off (turn) four. Luckily, the car didn’t have too much damage and the crew did a great job of fixing it. It was just a battle after that to gain track position back and post a decent result.”

NEXT RACE:
Larson and the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet team head to historic Darlington Raceway for throwback weekend. The Cup Series race takes place Sunday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FS1. To see and learn more about the No. 5 HendrickCars.com throwback Chevy that Larson will pilot, click here.

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