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Fast restart wins Kyle Larson the Pure Michigan 400

Kyle Larson greets fans before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Sunday afternoon Kyle Larson won his third consecutive race at Michigan International Speedway, using a fast restart to grab first place in the Pure Michigan 400. Larson, who won the Pure Michigan 400 for a second straight year, led the race for just two laps. But those were the two most important laps, as he moved from fourth to first after the green flag restarted the race on lap 200.

Martin Truex Jr., who led the race at the time that the green flag was brought out, finished second with rookie Erik Jones finishing third. Truex, who was looking for his fifth win of the season, still remains atop the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings after Sunday’s result. Jones, who will take over for Matt Kenseth in driving the No. 20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing next season, needed a win to vault into a playoff spot with the top 16 drivers making the cut. Jones is in 20th place, with Sunday’s result being his second top five finish of the season.

As for the victorious Larson, he sits in third place in the standings after picking up his second win of the season. Kyle Larson’s most recent victory prior to Sunday came on June 18 in the FireKeepers Casino 400, which is also held at Michigan International Speedway. The Pure Michigan 400 is Larson’s third win of the 2017 season, with the first coming in the Auto Club 400 on March 26.

Brad Keselowski, who led a race-high 105 laps Sunday afternoon, finished in 17th place. Keselowski, who earned pole position for the Pure Michigan 400, currently sits in fourth place in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings. The aforementioned Truex Jr. led 57 laps on the day.

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