It was a great 2017 season for Kyle Larson. With four wins and 14 top five finishes to his name this season, he was viewed as a serious competitor for the title. But then something unfortunate happened to bring an end to his season; something completely out of his control.
During Sunday’s race at the Kansas Speedway Sunday, he felt a cylinder drop in his engine. At that moment, his engine failed, and his season came to an end.
Crappy way to end our run at the championship but that's just part of it sometimes. 25yrs old, gonna have more opportunities with this team!
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) October 22, 2017
He finished the race in 39th place which moved him to 9th in the standings and eliminated from the playoffs.
“I keep saying everything sucks. I don’t really know how to answer these (questions) because it’s the same answer for every question,” he said (via AP). “Either way you go about it, it stinks. A part of me, I guess, will maybe be thankful that it wasn’t on my doing.”
It’s a heartbreaking way to end a season, but it is one of those things that can happen in racing. Cars break down. When they do, it is often at the worst possible time.
Can't blame @KyleLarsonRacin for feeling bummed.
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 24, 2017
While the remaining drivers may feel for Larson with how his season ended, they are not going to be sad to see him go. The road to the title will be much, much easier with him gone.