Kyle Larson finished 4th at Phoenix on Sunday but was eliminated from the Playoffs. He finished 33 points behind Kyle Busch for the final spot.
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CLOVER CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 4th
YOU WERE GOOD TODAY, BUT NOT GREAT. IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF HAVING TO BE GREAT TODAY.
“Yeah, the 11 (Denny Hamlin) had an amazing race car there. So, he would have had been tough to beat. But obviously with that final restart there, everybody felt like they had another chance to try and beat him. I just felt like if I could have lined up on the outside row, I would have had a really good shot. Had I lined up sixth or eighth even, I felt like I would have been in a much better position than starting seventh. It didn’t work out. I restarted on the bottom every time but one today, so that was unfortunate. It’s still a good year for us. It was a little rough in the beginning of the season, but we have rebounded from that, worked hard, got our cars better and our team better. We were battling for a championship. We’ll go to Homestead next week, race and try to get a win.”
YOU TOOK FOUR TIRES THERE ON THE LAST PIT STOP. WAS THERE ANY DISCUSSION TO TAKE NO TIRES OR TWO TIRES?
“Maybe it ran across my mind, but I felt like my best shot would have been on four tires. So, I was happy with that. Like I said, I just wanted four tires and be on the outside lane. But I got half of what I wanted.”
WHAT ARE YOUR EMOTIONS? ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED OR IS THIS A GOOD STEPPING-STONE FOR NEXT YEAR? WHAT’S GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND?
“I would like to battle for a championship next week. We did a good job in the Playoffs; I feel like we’ve learned a lot. We stayed consistent, didn’t get too anxious at times and got good finishes. I think we’ve ran in around the top-10 in every race, but Talladega. It was good. We finished top-10 at Martinsville in the Playoffs, so that was an improvement. We’ll try and be better for next year; get our cars a little bit better for these short tracks and have a better shot.”
“I don’t know. I mean I don’t know what to do exactly for the package. They tried to put the traction compound down and, honestly, to me for at least my car, the other people could make it work. But, for me, it felt like oil up there on the long run. I was not good at all in that. So, I don’t know if it would have been better to just have it normal or what. There’s definitely less passing this year at Phoenix than there has been in previous races.”
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