Can Kyle Larson sustain the run he’s on?

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 25: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 25, 2017 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Kyle Larson is enjoying himself—and with good reason.

With a victory from the pole at Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, Calif.) and four second-place finishes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season, the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet has posted an average finish of 6.4 through nine races.

Larson tops the series standings by 40 points over second-place Martin Truex Jr. And for good measure, he’s added two victories in five NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, with an average finish of 2.8. It’s almost too good to be true.

“Yeah it’s been cool,” Larson said. “I expected to… well, I wanted to start the season off good. I didn’t know I would start the season off being the point leader and carrying it through like we have been. It’s just been a lot of fun to show up to the race track knowing we’ve got a fast car and capable of winning almost every race.

“Just got to keep, myself, got to keep working hard. Everybody at the race shop needs to keep working hard to build on what we currently have and make it even better. Just enjoying my time right now and having fun each and every week.”

The race track isn’t the only place Larson is having fun.

On Friday night at Talladega, he was out on the midway with former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.

“Became a big fan of @10AJMcCarron tonight,” Larson tweeted, along with a picture of himself wearing a sombrero.

After all, it was Cinco de Mayo.

After all, it is Talladega.


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