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Kyle Larson extended his winning form Sunday by taking the inaugural checkered flag for the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway. Being a new venue for the series there was on-track practice and qualifying, but that still didn't give the other 39 drivers enough of a chance to beat him. The hot afternoon on the slippery track was a tough one, too. The track conditions and unknowns of the new venue drove attrition to a higher level than normal with eight cars failing to make it to the finish. However, Larson successfully avoided those pitfalls and led 264 of the 300 laps in yet another dominating performance that now puts him atop the winner's list with four victories in 2021.
While it may be hard to envision Larson losing his momentum anytime soon, the rest of the field will have two chances to take it away at Pocono Raceway. The long Pennsylvania triangle will host another double-header weekend after trying out the back-to-back format for the first time there last season. Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin won those races last year, but neither has visited Victory Lane yet this year.
Kyle Larson – Larson drove past Chase Briscoe on the final restart of the second stage to take the lead and ensure that Hendrick Motorsports cars would win both opening stages of Sunday's Ally 400. Larson was then in prime position to start the final stage from the front as the race progressed to the finish, which was an