With only two races remaining in the Monster Energy Cup Series and one before the championship race at Homestead, there are only five drivers that remain eligible to qualify for a shot at a title.
Kyle Larson isn’t one of those drivers. And now, he riding a streak that no one wants. He now has three straight DNF’s.
After a 37th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, it was easy to pick up on some frustrations that seem to be eating at the driver of the No. 42 Chevy SS.
“Just can’t really execute, whether it’s bad pit stops or bad luck,” said Larson, according to NBC Sports. “It’s frustrating because I know I had the best car and lost track position and that is what happens.”
“You try and move forward and it’s so hard to pass here you try and find some stuff and get in the wall,” he said.
Larson did however win the second stage of the Texas AAA 500, even leading 57 laps during the stage. But it was overshadowed by his third consecutive DNF. His 37th place finish came after a crash on the 283rd lap, which for a brief moment had his car engulfed in flames according to motorsport.com.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>BIG TROUBLE for Kyle Larson … <a href=”https://t.co/NNth4wMZoL”>pic.twitter.com/NNth4wMZoL</a></p>— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) <a href=”https://twitter.com/NASCARONFOX/status/927299133093838848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 5, 2017</a></blockquote>
With his crash at Texas and engine trouble at Kansas Motor Speedway, which led to a 39th place finish, luck has definitely not been on his side.
Once a serious contender, with four race wins earlier in the season, even beginning the playoffs as the second seed. Larson is now looking forward to the season coming to an end.
“Can’t wait for the last lap at Homestead,” said Larson.
With the series of unfortunate events that has aided in the demise of his season, it’s understandable as to his morale.