One start shy of his 100th Sprint Cup race, Kyle Larson capitalized on a late caution and a bad Chase Elliott restart to win the Pure Michigan 400 for his first Sprint Cup Series win. Larson led 41 laps, including the final 10, to give Chip Ganassi Racing its first Sprint Cup win in 99 starts. The top five was Larson, Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick. In his excitement, Larson conducted part of his victory burnout with his steering wheel stuck out the window. “I was tearing up that whole last few laps, I could just feel it, it was finally going to be it,” Larson told NBCSN in victory lane. “I wasn’t going to have a caution.” The 24-year old driver, emotionally drained,
Lewis Hamilton’s grid drop for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix is now up to 55 places after Mercedes elected to take another complete new power unit on Saturday morning. Formula 1 drivers’ championship leader Hamilton confirmed on Thursday that he would be taking a grid drop for exceeding the number of power unit components during the season. Hamilton was forced to use up more of his five permitted components for the year than planned earlier in the year after issues arose. Mercedes took a complete new power unit on Friday ahead of both FP1 and FP2, resulting in a 30-place grid drop. Ahead of the final practice session on Saturday morning in Spa, the team confirmed that it had taken a third new power
The buildup to the Belgian Grand Prix always manages to combine history, excitement and nerves of what’s next. Sam Posey, who could best be described as the poet laureate of motorsports broadcasting, pens his latest essay on the challenge of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in “Echoes of the Ardennes,” linked above. The track’s only 4.3 miles – down from more than 8 in the past – but it remains the longest test of circuit on F1’s calendar and a classic circuit in every sense of the word.