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It’s been a stellar 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season for rookie Kyle Larson.
The Earnhart/Ganassi Racing development driver running for Turner/Scott Motorsports in Nationwide competition this year entered Saturday’s Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International sixth in the standings just 47 points behind leader Austin Dillon.
After a rough day and very busy weekend for the youngster, he will drop down to eighth in the standings after a disappointing 30th place finish Saturday afternoon.
Larson was running in the top 15 but his transmission blew on Lap 43 after the esses. He started today near the front in the No. 32 McDonald’s Chevrolet and ran there most of the afternoon before the mishap.
One good thing for the early exit is he can get a head start to Knoxville, Iowa for the Knoxville Nationals. He practiced his Nationwide car yesterday afternoon at the Glen then flew to Knoxville to win his heat race Friday night which transferred him to the main event tonight. Larson flew back to qualify his car and race today in Watkins Glen and was going to fly back tonight for the main race. The early exit gave him and head start and more rest.
The 30th place finish was his first DNF since Talladega when he finished 38th and third of the year overall. His only other sub 30th place finish came at Texas in April when he finished 32nd.
Since Talladega, Larson finished in the top 15 12 straight races until today. He had a streak of eight straight top 10′s from Darlington in May through Daytona in July.
Since Daytona he finished 14th in New Hampshire, 12th at Chicago, 11th in Indianapolis, fifth in Iowa and his 30th place today.
Eric Smiths is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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