Kyle Larson wins again at Michigan International Speedway

Michigan native Brad Keselowski wins the pole for the Pure Michigan 400

Michigan native Brad Keselowski wins the pole for the Pure Michigan 400

Can Larson continue his run of MI victories and climb his way back up to the top of the leaderboard?

As were the first two.

Aside from the end of the first two stages, there were no yellow flags until lap 140, after Kasey Kahne slid in front of Daniel Suarez and slammed into the wall, taking them both out. Erik Jones, Truex's Furniture Row Racing teammate, was third.

Truex was in the lead, about a second ahead of Jones, before a late caution came out because of a spin by Michael McDowell. Keselowski led nearly the entire way through the 60-lap first stage, only giving up the top spot briefly during a pit cycle.

Another cycle of green-flag stops began just past lap 105.

Larson came into MI in a "slump" by his lofty standards, finishing outside the top 20 for three consecutive races from a variety of issues. Keselowski was second to Truex in the second stage. 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.

All of this came one day after Larson finished second at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals dirt race - which Ganassi OK'd, a rare sprint vehicle race the day before a Monster Energy Series event. Truex, who was looking for his fifth win of the season, still remains atop the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings after Sunday's result. Truck Series driver Christopher Bell was on standby for Denny Hamlin in case Hamlin's longtime girlfriend, Jordan Fish went into labor.

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