Larson rally to win the chaotic playoff race at Charlotte Roval – Motorsports

Larson first noticed an electrical problem with his car early in Stage 2, and when he carefully pitted on lap 34, his team discovered that they had lost their alternator belt.

Replacing the battery allowed for a quick fix, but the team devised a plan to replace the belt under additional outages. When the work was completed, Larson’s car was still fast.

He got into the leader Denny Hamlin from Turn 4 on the restart on lap 102 and jumped to the top for the first time in the race. Larson led the last eight laps, delaying Tyler Reddick by 0.782 seconds and winning the Bank of America Roval 400.

This is Larson’s seventh win of the 2021 season and the most of the drivers. And he’s sitting with a big point advantage towards the semi-final round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs next Sunday at the Texas Motor Speedway.

“I didn’t think we would win,” Larson said following a huge burnout on the front stretch of the truck. I didn’t feel very good early on. We started changing a few things, and the team did a good job of letting me know what to do to do better in the cockpit.

“Around that time, I noticed that the battery was low and I thought,’Man, wouldn’t you be knocked out of such a playoff?’ It didn’t look very good. Thankfully, ours Everyone in Car 5 did a good job of staying calm.

“Cliff (Daniels, Crew Chief) did a great job of communicating with me about what was happening, such as battery replacement. William was good and I hope it works for him. It was a pity that I didn’t see it.

“Today is a great day for Hendrick Motorsport.”

Joining Larson in the semi-final rounds are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.

It was Kevin Harvic, Alex Bowman, William Byron and Christopher Bell who were excluded from further title battles after the race.

Chris Buescher finished third in the race, Kyle Busch finished fourth, and Hamlin finished the top five.

Stage 3

After a break between Stage 2 and Stage 3, several lead lap cars pitted in with Kyle Busch.

Byron led the restart on lap 54, followed by Austin Dillon and Hamlin.

On lap 55, Harvey boarded Elliott, who hit a wall and made contact with Cole Custer. Elliott’s No. 9 needed extensive repairs, but he managed to stay on the lead lap.

The race returned to the green on lap 58, with Byron still ahead, followed by Austin Dillon and Hamlin.

On lap 59, AJ Allmendinger had to take his 16th Chevrolet to the garage, apparently with engine problems.

Hamlin missed the back stretch chicane on lap 70 and was penalized with a stop and go on the front stretch. He fell third to sixth in the order of execution.

Larson, Bell and Michael McDowell were one of the first cars to make a green flag pit stop on lap 74.

Kyle Busch, True X, Harvic and Logano all made a pit stop on lap 75. Both Byron and Redick made a pit stop on lap 76, giving Kurt Busch the lead.

Byron returned to the top when the stop cycle was completed on lap 81. This was followed by Reddick, Austin Dillon and Kurt Busch.

With 24 laps remaining, Elliott’s rear bumper cover was hanging behind the car. It finally went into orbit and urged NASCAR to pay attention to lap 87.

Most lead lap cars pit carefully as Kurt Busch is the first off-pit road. Hamlin chose to go out and take the lead when the race resumed on lap 90.

On lap 91, Byron missed the backstretch chicane after contacting Redick and was given a stop-and-go penalty, causing him to fall to 12th place in the running order.

Corey LaJoie hit the wall on Turn 2 on lap 93, leaving debris on the entire track and issuing the eighth warning of the race. Joey Hand was also involved in the incident.

Some drivers made pit stops, but Hamlin maintained the lead when the race returned to the green on lap 96.

Entering Turn 1 on lap 99, Harvic locked the brakes, failed the turn and slammed into the wall, ending the race and playoffs.

The race returned to the green on lap 102 and Hamlin was still ahead. This was followed by Larson, Redick, Busher and Logano.

Larson turned off Turn 4 on a restart to get inside Hamlin and move to the lead for the first time in the race. Reddick has moved second and Byron has moved third.

Stage 2

Kyle Busch cruised for a Stage 2 victory over Elliott while some playoff drivers faced problems.

Harvic finished 3rd, Blagny 4th and Logano finished the top 5.

After a break between stages 1 and 2, several lead lap cars were selected for the pits and Elliott was the first off-pit road in the group.

When the race returned to the green on lap 30, Armendinger maintained his lead on the track. This was followed by Kyle Busch and Byron.

On fresh tyres, Kyle Busch quickly moved to the lead on Turn 4, and Armendinger fell to third, so Byron moved to second behind him.

Chase Briscoe was contacted by Ricky Stenhaus Jr. on lap 34 and spun out with a front stretch to draw the fourth attention of the race.

Several lead lap cars have pitted, including Larson and Bowman, who had electrical problems. Both stopped for a long time on the pit road, but the problem persists and the battery may need to be replaced.

The race resumed on lap 36 and Kyle Busch was still ahead.

With 10 laps remaining on the stage, Kyle Busch led Harvic by about 1 second with Byron running in 3rd place.

With five laps remaining, Kyle Busch led Harvey for 1.3 seconds and Elliott moved up to third place.

With two laps remaining, many lead lap cars chose to pit in new tires, but Kyle Busch maintained the lead.

Stage 1

Elliott maintained his stage 1 victory by defeating Almendinger, who entered the backstretch chicane on the final lap, to take the lead.

Blaney finished 3rd, Truex 4th and Logano finished the top 5.

Hamlin started in pole position and took a big lead until some teams chose to pit under the green in search of new tires before the competition warning.

Hamlin was one of the people who made the pit stop and gave the lead to Logano on lap 10. Bell was penalized for speeding on the pit road during the stop and had to impose a pass-through penalty on the pit road.

A competition warning was displayed on lap 12. Several other drivers pitted in during the warning of new tires and fuel, but when the race returned to the green on lap 14, Logano stayed on the track and took the lead.

Brunnie took the lead shortly after the restart, and Keselowski spun near the backstretch chicane, but was able to continue without caution.

With seven laps remaining on stage, Elliott was second only to Elliott when Logano fell to third.

On lap 20, Ryan Newman hit the wall on Turn 14 to call attention and almost missed Keselowski.

With several lead lap cars pitting in, Hamlin was the first to pit off among those on the pit road. However, he was punished for speeding on the pit road and had to restart from the back of the field.

The race resumed on lap 23, with Blagny still ahead, followed by Elliott and Logano.

Armendinger evaded Blagny by turning off Turn 2 on a restart to take the lead for the first time in the race.

– Motorsports

Larson rally to win the chaotic playoff race at Charlotte Roval Larson rally to win the chaotic playoff race at Charlotte Roval

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