NSCS: Larson Optimistic Coming into Phoenix

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AVONDALE, Ariz. — Story by Race Chaser Online West Coast Correspondent Ryan O’Hara — Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America photo —

NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year candidate Kyle Larson enters the final race of the Eliminator round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Phoenix International Raceway as a potential dark horse.

Larson finished 20th in his only Cup start to date at the one-mile track, and has three Nationwide Series starts under his belt, with a best finish of fourth coming earlier this spring.

When asked to rate his chances of possibly visiting victory lane in either series this weekend, Larson remained modest, yet also upbeat.

“I think we will run better in the Cup car. We will have to wait and see when practice starts,” he said. “I enjoy Phoenix. I feel that it is a track that suits me.

Despite not being in the Chase, Larson and his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team are going to treat this race as if they were competing for a spot in the championship round.

“I enjoy this track. I have not really run all that great here,” Larson said. “I would like to keep the top tens going. We have run really strong in the Chase.” “Had we been in the Chase, we would be in this round and right in the thick of things going to Homestead,” he added.

The 22-year-old driver has yet to score his first career Cup win, but a victory this weekend at Phoenix could spoil the hopes of hungry Chasers who are desperately trying to make the final round.

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