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Kyle Larson ended his streak of three consecutive runner-up finishes by winning Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 from pole. The Hendrick Motorsports driver led 327 of 400 laps and crossed 1,000 laps led on the season in doing so. He was the quickest car on track from the green flag and swept all of the stage victories on his way to the checkered flag. When his car wasn't in the lead, his pit crew delivered the fastest stops in the field to ensure he returned to the front of the pack. That teamwork left Larson in perfect position to capitalize, and once he retook the lead after the final pit stops, there was no looking back as he stretched to a 10-second margin of victory over teammate Chase Elliott. The win also reversed his trend of sweeping the opening stages only to fail in capturing the trophy, too.
Up next, is a trip out West to tackle another road course. The NASCAR Cup Series did not race at Sonoma Raceway last season in the pandemic-altered scheduled, but they return to the natural-terrain course this week for their second road course race in the last three weeks. Martin Truex Jr. is the two-time defending winner at the track, but all eyes likely will be on Hendrick Motorsports and Chase Elliott as he looks to add to his road course win tally.
Kyle Larson – Larson qualified on pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 and immediately took the green flag and dominated