Fast restart wins Kyle Larson the Pure Michigan 400

Fast restart wins Kyle Larson the Pure Michigan 400

Larson was in the spotlight after team owner Chip Ganassi allowed him to go to Iowa to compete in the Knoxville Nationals on Saturday.

Larson restarted fourth behind Truex and Truex's teammate Erik Jones. Kyle Larson won the last two races at MIS, most recently in June 2017 and last year's Pure Michigan 400.

Larson won by 0.31 seconds in his No. 42 Chevrolet.

Toyota drivers already have replied on Twitter to Brad Keselowski, who suggested that Toyota teams had intentionally ratcheted back their collective push of the performance envelope this weekend at MI. Instead, Martin Truex Jr. stretched his fuel to take the Cup victory on Sunday, just a few auto lengths ahead of a charging Matt Kenseth. For Jones, it is the top-three tied his career-best finish.

Points leader Martin Truex was going after his series-high fifth win of the season, first leading the pack off a restart with 10 laps remaining, but still needing the flawless restart a second time after Michael McDowell crashed, leading to a red flag to clean oil off the track with four laps left.

Brad Keselowski, who led a race-high 105 laps Sunday afternoon, finished in 17th place. It ended up being 202 laps. Another Michigan driver, Jones, stayed out four extra laps during the cycle to lead before Keselowski cycled back around to the top spot.

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.