He won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Michigan – his first victory in that series since 2006 – and finished fourth in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400, his second-best Cup finish this year.
“We had a really solid car all weekend, from the time we unloaded,” he said. “We needed some clean air at the end and the guys got me out front with some pit strategy and good pit stops and we came home with a top-five. So, it was pretty good.”
Larson, who was eighth, spent much of the rest of the race running without a rear bumper cover on his car and he also was penalized once for speeding on pit road.
“We fought our way back to the top five and pretty much stayed there for most of the race, and then with under 50 laps to go, I sped on pit road,” he said. “I was really bummed about that because I knew we would have a shot to win.”
Kahne ended up fifth – just his second top-five of the season.
“It’s just tough right now to compete with that horsepower (Hendrick Motorsports) has right now,” Bowyer said. “That’s a pretty distinct advantage when you look at the results on that.”
Chevrolet has won nine of 15 races this year. Toyota has two wins – Kyle Busch in Fontana, Calif., and Denny Hamlin at Talladega, Ala.
“This is a big deal. It’s a big deal for Chevrolet and it’s especially a big deal to win at your home track in our backyard, so we are very excited,” said Alba Colon, Chevrolet’s program manager for the Cup series.
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