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XFS: Larson beats heat to win in Chicago

(MRN) Kyle Larson overcame a post-qualifying penalty and the searing Midwestern heat wave on Saturday to claim his second X-finity Series victory of the season at Chicagoland Speedway. Despite the temperature inside his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet approaching 150 degrees, Larson persevered for more than two hours behind the wheel and beat runner-up Kevin Harvick to the finish by eight seconds. Earlier in the day, Larson had qualified on the pole. But the team had to replace a flat tire, forcing the driver to start at the rear of the field. Larson rallied to finish sixth in the opening stage, won Stage-2 and would lead a race-high eighty laps en route to his tenth series win. Harvick’s second-place finish gave Cup Series drivers the top two spots.

Cole Custer grabbed third place and took over the regular-season points lead.

Elliott Sadler, who had been atop the standings since February 24th, finished sixth on Saturday and slipped to third in points – now four behind Custer.

Top 10 Finishers in the Overton’s 300

DRIVER STARTING POSITION LAPS LED

1. Kyle Larson (Pole) 80

2. Kevin Harvick (13) 38

3. Cole Custer (12) —

4. Daniel Suarez (4) 13

5. Daniel Hemric (10) —

6. Elliott Sadler (8) —

7. Justin Allgaier (18) —

8. Paul Menard (5) —

9. Chase Briscoe (17) 2

10. Chase Elliott (9) —

Unofficial Point Standings – After 15 Races

DRIVER POINTS BEHIND LEADER

1. Cole Custer 541 —-

2. Daniel Hemric 538 -3

3. Elliott Sadler 537 -4

4. Christopher Bell (R) 513 -28

5. Tyler Reddick (R) 491 -50

6. Justin Allgaier 488 -53

7. Brandon Jones 463 -78

8. Ryan Truex 430 -111

9. Matt Tifft 400 -141

10. Austin Cindric (R) 372 -169

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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