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Kyle Larson’s Michigan Win over Chase Elliott Is a Preview of NASCAR’s Future

It's going to take a while to replace departing superstars Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart in the hearts and minds of NASCAR fans. The project is well under way, though. Kyle Larson, 24, out-dueled Chase Elliott, 20, to win the Pure Michigan 400. Ryan Blaney, 22, finished fourth. In terms of actual driving, the difference in the race was shaped outside the cockpits of the top two finishers. Nine laps remained when the green flag waved for the final time. Both Larson and Elliott, overwhelmed by the urgency of the situation, were too eager. They spun their tires. Brad Keselowski pushed Larson and stuck with him. Blaney pushed Elliott but moved to the outside in an attempt to pass. Thus was the outcome. Larson won by 1.478 seconds as E...

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