The NASCAR XFINITY Series teams moved to the first 1.5-mile track of the 2016 season on Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle Larson wheeled the No. 42 ENEOS Chevy for the 162-lap race to a second-place finish. In three previous starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, Larson has two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
Larson started fourth and spent the entire day racing inside the top-five. Over the course of the day, Larson’s crew fine-tuned the ENEOS Chevy to allow him to challenge for the race lead. With less than 40 laps to go, Larson took the second spot and began running down eventual race winner Kyle Busch. Although slowly reeling in the race leader, Larson ran out of time and brought the car home in second-place. This marked his best AMS XFINITY Series finish.
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Results (with starting position) from the Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS)
P1 – (1) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota
P2 – (4) Kyle Larson, No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro
P3 – (2) Erik Jones, No. 20 Toyota
NOTES OF INTEREST:
- This was Larson’s fourth career start in the XFINITY Series at AMS
- This was Larson’s best XFINITY Series finish at AMS
- The race was slowed by five cautions for 21 laps
Kyle Larson – No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro – “I’m really happy with how the team did. Obviously we wanted the win, but I’m still happy to start out on a mile and half-track with a strong runner-up finish. The ENEOS Chevy was solid all race and never really had any issues. The pit crew also did a great job getting us off of pit road fast. We showed that our cars, and team, should be competitive this season.”
Kyle Larson next races in the ENEOS No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro on March 19th at the NASCAR XFINITY Series 300, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Larson was the winner at Fontana in 2014.
|Feb 20||Powershares 300||Daytona International Speedway||Daytona Beach, FL||34th|
|Feb 27||Heads Up Georgia 250||Atlanta Motor Speedway||Hampton, GA||2nd|
|Mar 19||NASCAR XFINITY Series 300||Auto Club Speedway||Fontana, CA|
|Apr 8||O’Reilly Auto Parts 300||Texas Motor Speedway||Ft Worth, TX|
|May 28||Hisense 300||Charlotte Motor Speedway||Charlotte, NC|
|Aug 20||Food City 300||Bristol Motor Speedway||Bristol, TN|
|Sep 3||Help a Hero 200||Darlington Raceway||Darlington, SC|
|Sep 17||NASCAR XFINITY Series Chicagoland Race||Chicagoland Speedway||Joliet, IL|
|Nov 19||Ford Ecoboost 300||Homestead-Miami Speedway||Homestead, FL|
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two Supercars in Red Bull Global Rallycross. Overall his teams have 18 championships and 170 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and six Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.