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Kyle Larson at Kansas: Can-do attitude an advantage in pressure-filled Playoffs

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kyle Larson’s demeanor is as steady as his talent behind the wheel of a race car. He is perennially happy-go-lucky, but also driven and determined.

Because of his — and his team’s — hard work all season, a solid, not even spectacular showing in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Kansas Speedway should move the fourth-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver into the sport’s Round of 8 — the closest he or his Chip Ganassi Racing team has gotten to a Cup title since Sterling Marlin’s injury-interrupted run in 2002.

“We have a 29-point gap on the cut-off so as long as we can go out there and gain some stage points I feel like we’ll be OK,’’ Larson said Friday before pole qualifying at Kansas. 

“But you never know, anything can happen in our sport. We’ve got to get out there and perform and get some…


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