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Lap 1, Turn 1 for Kyle Larson in the Toyota Owners 400
After being bumped from behind by Clint Bowyer on the first turn of the first lap, the embarrassment alone would have caused a lesser young man to give up. But Kyle Larson, who restarted near the tail end of the field after pitting for four fresh tires, showed why he’s got the stuff to be a future Sprint Cup champion.
The Cup rookie worked his way through the field, making his car better at every pit stop, and scored a 16th place finish. We're left to wonder what could have been for this young man had he stayed at the front of the field for the first part of the race.
For his part, Bowyer was apologetic for causing the spin.
“I really hate that happened,” said Bowyer in a television interview. “I really like Kyle (Larson) and I’m a big fan of his. Him and the 2 (Brad Keselowski) kind of spun the tires and I just got such a big run him when he moved up. Then I was like, 'Okay, I guess I’m going to go to the bottom if you’re going to give me the bottom.'
“Then at the last minute he arched it in and I just wasn’t ready for him. I tried to get on the brakes and just got into him. I’m so glad he didn’t hit the wall. I was afraid he hit the wall and ended his night. It certainly didn’t help it at all.”
Bowyer was one of six cars that suffered some type of fire during the race.