Kyle Larson beats Chase Elliott at Michigan again

Jimmie Johnson makes a pitstop during a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Sunday

Larson went inside to pass Busch on the restart.

The good and bad from the weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

Kyle Larson is once again atop the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after Larson won Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at MI. It was his 11th top 10 finish of the year. Nobody else has more than four.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace takes Detroit Free Press sports writer George Sipple for a pace vehicle ride at Michigan International Speedway on June 18, 2017. We've been so close to so many other wins. For Truex Jr, it was his tenth stage win of the season (six more than second place Kyle Busch with four stage wins). Larson has now won the past two races at MIS; he won last August for his first career Cup win.

On Sunday, at Michigan International Speedway, the driver of the No. 42 Ganassi Racing Chevrolet wasn't going to settle for second again.

The victory also means Larson is the new Cup Series point leader. I had a good start, but the whole bottom lane was able to stack up really good and push ahead and then Denny (Hamlin) slid up in front of us; just racing there. "We had a couple of opportunities to get the lead", Elliott said. Unlike the outside lane we just couldn't get going each time we restarted in the inside lane.

Joey Logano, who announced after the race that he and wife Brittany are expecting, finished third in the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske.

Elliott insisted that playoff implications aren't at the forefront during the course of the race, and that he's not scoreboard-watching ... yet. In both cases, not only did Larson win but he also captured the pole position and he led the most laps in the race.

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As the old saying goes, in order to be the best, you have to beat the best. Those three were at the top Sunday. After the race, a message on his Twitter account announced that he and his wife, Brittany, are expecting a child in January.

In the final 21 laps, there was a combined three cautions and on each restart, Larson seemed to have an advantage over his competitors. However, another caution on lap 182 would come out as Clint Bowyer hit the wall hard and placed debris on the track.

After leading 241 of the first 403 laps, Larson was beaten by Johnson on the final restart, but from that disappointment grew a determination to improve that aspect of his performance. Also, a big moment for Larson, who has struggled on restarts at times, was taking the lead for good on a restart by using the lower (or make that slower) lane when he started second late in the race. He won by 0.993 seconds in his No. 42 Chevrolet. In Victory Lane, Larson thanked Ryan Blaney for giving him a push on that restart.

"We had a fast auto, and think we were going to win it either way, but when it came down to experience at the end, I'll take him". I'm saying the former IndyCar driver gets his first win of the season and throws the points standings and playoff picture into complete chaos. Whether it's Mother's Day, by not racing on that day, Memorial Day, Father's Day and eventually Labor Day, the sport regularly honors those people on a particular day. My dad is here today, too.

"I'm looking forward to celebrating with him". Johnson's three wins at Texas, Bristol and Dover are more than any driver this season.

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The next race is Sunday June 25 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, the first of two road races on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The Tennessee driver had a 3.825-second pass at 316.38 miles per hour.

"The 78 [of Truex] was by far the class of the field, I thought", Larson said. Ron Capps won in Funny Car, and Alex Laughin in Pro Stock.