Mar 17, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
The methodical progress for Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson continued this weekend at Bristol, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie’s first career top-10 finish.
Somehow, 10th almost seems a disappointment given how well the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet ran.
Larson ran as high as second within the last 100 laps of the Food City 500 but briefly fell back as the race progressed. Still, a good effort in only his eight career Sprint Cup start.
“We ran a really good race tonight,” Larson said in a post-race team release. “The Target Chevy was strong all night and the crew did a great job to keep us in contention with great pit stops. All-in-all a good race for Team Target.”
Teammate Jamie McMurray was less fortunate on the night after driving through oil laid down by another car and crashing out with less than 50 laps to go. It ended a run of 45 straight races where he made the finish.