Frustrating Day Leads to 13th-Place Finish for Larson at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 9, 2014) – Making his fourth-career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Phoenix International Raceway, Kyle Larson and the No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team fought to find speed around the mile-long oval, spending the majority of the 200-lap race outside of the top 10 before crossing the finish line in the 13th position.

Utilizing the weekend’s two practice sessions to adjust the Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet Camaro, Larson and the No. 42 team earned an 11th-place starting position for the DAV 200. As the green flag waved in the desert, Larson radioed to crew chief Scott Zipadelli that his Cartwheel Chevy was loose in the center and exit. Throughout the race, Zipadelli brought the Cartwheel Chevy to pit road on four occasions to try to correct the loose-handling machine. With a solid car on long runs, Larson managed to work his way up to as high as second position, but struggled to gain momentum throughout the various short runs. Despite their efforts, Larson continued to battle handling until the checkered flag waved, ultimately crossing the finish line in 13th position.

Kyle Larson on Racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "Today was frustrating for my team and I. We had a good car in practice and qualifying, but our speed just wasn’t there on short runs today. Not to mention, I stayed loose throughout pretty much the entire race. My guys worked hard and I wish we could’ve had a better outcome, especially since we almost won here earlier this year. We’ll put this one behind us and move on to the final race at Homestead. It’s one of my favorite tracks and I’m really excited about it.”