Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/13/13
When historians look back at Kyle Larson's first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, they will see a 37th-place finish and a DNF next to his name. However, the result does not tell the full story. After running in the top 15 for the majority of the night, Larson dropped a cylinder with just over 100 laps to go in Saturday night's Bank of America 500. Nursing a sour engine, the rookie sensation continued to run competitive lap times in the 16th spot until the motor finally gave way with 83 laps to go. "That was a lot of fun there, I learned quite a bit," Larson said standing in the garage as crew members examined the blown motor. "Not sure what happened, it just dropped a cylinder." Coming into the race with high expectations, Larson did not disappoint. Starting 21st, the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver drove his Phoenix Racing No. 51 to just outside the top 10 at one point, outrunning current EGR drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray. Saturday night's race was mostly ...
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