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Published: 4/3/2023

Kyle Larson Races to Richmond Win

Author: THE BLOCK

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Kyle Larson claimed his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season on Sunday at Richmond Raceway, utilizing a stellar late-race pit stop from his Hendrick Motorsports crew to put him in position to take the checkered flag.

 

Team Chevy driver Kyle Larson crosses the start-finish line at Richmond Raceway.

 

Larson started from the ninth position in his No. 5 Camaro ZL1 and the Team Chevy driver took the lead for the first time on Lap 124. He led four times for 93 laps on the ¾-mile oval in Richmond, Virginia, and took the top spot for good on Lap 376 thanks to a quick stop by his team during the race's penultimate caution period. 

He held on through both the ensuing restart and one final re-rack with 14 circuits remaining to take the win by 1.535 seconds over his Hendrick and Chevrolet teammate Josh Berry.

In addition, Larson overcame contact with fellow Team Chevy driver Daniel Suarez on pit road in the second stage on the way to his first win of the season, second at Richmond and 20th of his career. All of the 2021 Cup Series champion's victories have come behind the wheel of a Chevrolet.

 

Larson and his Hendrick Motorsports team celebrate in Victory Lane.

"It's really cool. We've been close to winning a couple," Larson said. "Things worked out. My pit crew had a great stop … What an awesome HendrickCars.com Chevy. I can't say enough about it. I got into the 99 on pit road there sometime in the second stage, and we were awful after that. I was hoping the damage was the reason why, but they had to calm me down a little bit and get refocused and was able to get it done. Thanks to everyone on this team.

"Good to get a win, and hopefully many more."

Ross Chastain finished third at Richmond to give Chevrolet the top-three in the final running order.

Berry, who is filling in for the injured Chase Elliott, turned in a career-best Cup finish with his second-place effort, while Ross Chastain came home third to give Chevrolet a sweep of the top-three finishing positions. Alex Bowman's eight-place result put four cars from the Bowtie Brand in the top-10. 

William Byron also led a race-high 117 laps, but was involved in a late-race incident, relegating him to 24th.

Larson's win was the 40th for Chevrolet at Richmond and extended the brand's record to 838 all-time wins in NASCAR's premier series – most among all manufacturers.

Chevrolet has now won five of the first seven points-paying events of the 2023 Cup Series season, with three different organizations having reached Victory Lane.

Chevrolet has won five of the first seven points-paying events in the NASCAR Cup Series this season.

 

The Bowtie also swept all three NASCAR national series races this weekend. Chandler Smith drove his Kaulig Racing No. 16 Camaro SS to the win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Richmond, while Carson Hocevar put his Niece Motorsports No. 42 Silverado RST in Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway. The victories were Smith and Hocever's first in each series.

As spring gets underway, Chevrolet has staked its claim as the manufacturer to beat across NASCAR so far this season.

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