Hendrick Motorsports had a mixed outing in the return to the NASCAR Cup series after the mid-season break in the Ally 400 hosted by the Nashville Superspeedway as they were struggling at the initial stages of racing which witnessed two of their drivers, Alex Bowman and William Byron existing early in the race, while the champion duo of Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott struggled throughout until the second half of the race. Chase Elliott went on to win the race for HMs after a cleaver pit call while Larson finished P4.
Kyle Larson had a disappointing finish to his standard as the last season’s race winner in this track was only able to secure a P4 finish at the end of the race. Larson who started the race at P3 went one lap down and double digits place down in one half of the race and had to find his way to the front stretch before the final caution. The decision to stay out just like Elliott proved fruitful for the defending cup champion as he was able to convert his front raw start at the final restart to w top 5 finish.
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Find out what Kyle Larson had said
Kyle Larson acknowledged that he had a good race after the sun went down, following the delay caused by rain and thunder stoppages, and pointed out that he is proud of his No:5 team for working hard and preserving the car throughout the race. Kyle Larson said that he didn’t have a lot of things going his way as he had to climb up 20 odd spots and wave around from being a lap down before the final caution came out in the race.
“It was definitely better once the sun went down. I don’t know whatever changes they made to it, so proud of my guys for working hard and persevering. Didn’t have a lot of things work out for us there as we got caught a lap down and we had to take the wave around and drove from twenty-something to 10th there before the last caution,” Kyle Larson said.
He pointed out that they were able to net out the P5 finish by staying out just like his teammate Elliott did to win the race as he acknowledged how proud he is about his team and race winner Chase Elliott. He pointed out that HMS teams were working hard to get their pace up in the track and it worked out the best for Elliott so he is glad his teammate closed the win out.
“We stayed out and netted out a top-five. So proud of my No. 5 HendrickCars.com team and proud of Chase Elliott too. That’s great for Hendrick Motorsports and everybody there. Everybody has been working hard and trying to figure out how to go faster and they were definitely the best of the four of us all weekend. Cool to see that he closed it out,” Kyle Larson added.
Kyle Larson went on to say that his crew did a great job in getting him ready throughout the race which he finds an s testament to how his suspended crew chief Cliff Daniels prepared them for a whole 4 weeks. He added that though there were some things that can be changed he was pleased about the overall performance for the first time in a race without a crew chief.
“Adam and Kevin did a great job this weekend in leading this team. As far as Cliff, it really shows you how well he has prepared our team to face moments like we will these next four weeks… I am sure there will be things we will tweak on and make even smoother, but I was overall pleased for the first time in my Cup career without my primary crew chief,” said Kyle Larson.