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NASCAR | FireKeepers Casino 400

Kyle Larson hits jackpot at Michigan

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cars 3/Target Chevrolet, girlfriend, Katelyn Sweet, and son Owen, celebrate with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 18, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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Kyle Larson poses with girlfriend Katelyn Sweet and son Owen while celebrating his victory in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Larson took control on a restart with five laps remaining and raced to his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, holding off Chase Elliott at the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway

It was the third Cup win of Larson’s career — and second in a row at Michigan. Larson and Elliott also finished 1-2 at MIS in August. Elliott was second in both Michigan races last year, and again this time.

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‘‘We've been so close to so many other wins,’’ the 24-year-old Larson said. ‘‘This is our second Cup win of the year, but we've had six second-place finishes. All in all, it’s a good season so far and we'll continue to keep building on what we've got.’’

Joey Logano finished third.

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Martin Truex Jr. won the first two stages of the race, but finished sixth, ceding the points lead to Larson. Truex has 10 stage victories this year.

Larson also was first in qualifying in his No. 42 Chevrolet.

Truex and Larson were 1-2 in the points standings coming into the race, and Truex was second to Larson in qualifying. Their dominance carried over to the race Sunday, at least at the start. They were the only drivers to lead during the first half of the 200-lap, 400-mile race.

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There were three cautions toward the end. The first was for debris, and Larson beat Kyle Busch on the inside for the lead on the restart with 15 laps to go.

Then Clint Bowyer went into the wall, bringing out another caution flag. Larson was first off that restart too, only to be slowed by another caution after a multicar incident on the backstretch that included Danica Patrick being knocked off the track and into the wall.

Finally, with five laps remaining, the race restarted, and Larson took the lead on the outside. He won by 0.993 seconds.

Elliott finished second to Logano last June at Michigan and second to Larson in August. Those three were at the top Sunday.

‘‘We had a couple of opportunities to get the lead, and unfortunately, it just didn’t work out, but we'll move on. Congratulations to Kyle,’’ the 21-year-old Elliott said.

‘‘He had a fast car today and we'll try to go get ‘em next week.’’

Denny Hamlin, who won Saturday’s Xfinity race, was fourth, followed by Jamie McMurray and Truex. Busch ended up seventh, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Jimmie Johnson, who started at the back after going to his backup car, finished 10th.

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