Comeback kid: Kyle Larson rebounds at Dover and aims to build on it

Kyle Larson is looking forward to building on his strong run at Dover last Sunday.

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What a difference a week makes for sophomore Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson.

After struggling at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 the previous week, Larson was able to rebound last Sunday at Dover International Speedway and record his best finish of the season to date.

"Really happy with how our team rebounded from last week," Larson said after his third-pace finish. "We were terrible at Charlotte, and to get a nice run here this week is really good. We were fast throughout the track. We were good for most of the race."

Starting from the third spot, Larson was strong in the opening segments of the race, but struggled with a tight condition through the middle section of the event. The team continued to adjust on the car and he eventually made his way into contention in the closing laps.

Larson finished the day in the same spot he started, thanks in large part to a number of late-race restarts and a huge run on the high side on the final one of the day.

"We weren’t as good as we were in the beginning of the race there at the end, but was able to line up in the right lines it seemed like those last three restarts and gain a couple spots each time," he said. "The inside row there, that last one, spun their tires really bad and got a bad start, so we were all able to roll around them and kind of cruise to a third-place finish."

That third-place finish was Larson’s fourth top-10 finish of the season, but his first top five. Starting the season off with two finishes of 26th or worse, the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver rallied a bit on the West Coast swing, but then was forced to miss the Martinsville race after fainting at an autograph session. After being held out of that race while he underwent a battery of tests, doctors told Larson that he likely fainted as a result of dehydration.

Since returning one week later at Texas Motor Speedway, Larson has had up-and-down performances. Coming off a strong week at Dover, the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet hopes to continue the upswing as they head into the summer stretch.

"Our first good run of the year. Hopefully (we’ll) have many more," he said. "Hopefully this will kind of transition into some momentum for us, for our team, and we can start getting some more top-five and top-10 finishes."

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