LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kyle Larson mastered Pocono in no time. The NASCAR rookie led four laps and finished a solid fifth, a day after he won the ARCA race on the 2 1/2-mile tri-oval track.
Larson struggled this season adapting to shifting, and blew out several transmissions in his Chip Ganassi Racing cars. Ganassi gave Larson a Camaro to hit the Charlotte roads and practice shifting.
He’s not quite a skilled shifter yet, though Sunday showed he’s getting there.
“I did miss a couple of shifts,” he said, laughing. “Just twice, which is a lot better than it probably should have been if I didn’t practice shifting a whole lot.”
Larson posted his third top five and sixth top 10 of the season, easily the class of the rookie crop.
“I knew from the drop of the green we were going to be pretty good,” he said.
He just may be good enough to find Victory Lane this season.