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Kyle Larson, who started fifth on Saturday in the 500-lap race at Bristol Motor Speedway, dropped to eighth by the time the first caution waved on lap 41. Crew chief Cliff Daniels called his driver into the pits as Larson struggled with a “free (loose) into the corners” condition during the opening stint. Several drivers opted to stay out on the racetrack under yellow, so the Elk Grove, California, native took the green flag in the 12th spot on lap 49. By the time the next caution flag waved on lap 93, the driver of the No. 5 Camaro held the ninth position. While others elected to pit, Larson remained on the track and restarted fifth – a spot he maintained until stage one ended at lap 125.

While Larson took the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to the pits under caution, 10 cars ahead of him stayed on the racetrack with Larson restarting stage two in 12th. By lap 195, the driver of the No. 5 was scored eighth. When a caution waved on lap 233, Larson was up to fourth. With 14 laps to go in the second stage, Daniels brought Larson to the attention of the No. 5 pit crew for four tires and fuel, choosing to forego stage points to better position the team for a win at the end of the race. Larson restarted in the 13th position and gained four spots to finish stage two in the ninth spot on lap 250.

For the beginning of the final stage, Larson stayed out and restarted in fourth position. After 12 laps of green-flag racing, the eighth caution flag of the night came out with the 30-year-old driver occupying the runner-up position. Caution fell over the circuit again on lap 353 with Larson still running second. The following green flag run enabled the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet to clear race leader Christopher Bell and gap those behind him by over a second. Larson would lose the lead, though, reporting he was experiencing a tight condition. With 63 laps to go in the race, Larson once again made his way into the lead of the event. Under yellow flag conditions, Daniels elected to bring his driver onto pit road for four tires and fuel. Following the pit stop, the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 lined up in the fourth position for what would be the final restart of the night. Larson dropped one spot to finish fifth – his 11th top-five finish of the year which is tied atop the standings in that statistical category.

The HendrickCars.com driver advanced to the next round of the playoffs and is seeded fourth in the point standings, 21 markets behind leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott.

“It was a solid day – our HendrickCars.com Chevrolet was good. Our crew did a great job and our pit crew was amazing, so I am really proud of them. The track was so fast that it was impossible to pass, though.”

Larson and the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet will take on Texas Motor Speedway to kick off the Round of 12. The playoffs race takes place Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on USA.

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