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Kyle Larson understands Chase Elliott’s struggle to get first Cup win

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Kyle Larson has been in Chase Elliott‘s shoes.

Not too long ago, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver went 98 starts in NASCAR’s premier series without a trip to victory lane.

Then came start No. 99.

In August 2016 at Michigan International Speedway, a late restart with eight laps to go saw Larson get the jump on Elliott. Larson wound up celebrating with his steering wheel thrust out the window and Elliott was left lamenting, “I hate to let my guys down like that.”

It has become a common refrain from the Hendrick Motorsports driver.

More than a year later, Larson now has five Cup wins. After a crushing second-place finish to Kyle Busch last week at Dover, Elliott sits at 70 Cup starts and zero wins.

“(Elliott) has probably ran second as many times as I did before the first win and been close just as often as I have, maybe even in some cases more often,” Larson said Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Larson finished second four times before his triumph. Elliott has had to settle for second…


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