Four times in the last seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races here, he has finished second, including both races previous year. The Furniture Row team may not appear as imposing as they did in 2017, they're still a force to reckon with.
Larson isn't just the defending race victor, he has actually won three straight at MI, including this week's race from the pole position last June.
While a series of late race restarts generated excitement, drama and a variety of strategies it was clear again at Pocono how important "clean air" was in determining the outcome.
"Honestly, as insane as it's been, it's been a lot of fun", he said. "It's always fun to win, especially when you beat the best guys out there". "We didn't start out very good and worked on it really hard". It was a matter of who could get out front.
But if you're new to NASCAR and haven't been privy to Truex's entire journey, let me spin you a yarn.
"I really enjoy racing at Pocono, but the Tricky Triangle wasn't my friend this weekend", said Miller.
Blaney's win ended a five-race stretch last season that included first-time winners Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon. And unlike previous year, when it seemed like everything that could go right for the No. 78 team did, nagging issues such as lost spots on pit road and blown tires have happened, but the team has not lost its way as Sunday proved. I saw the lights in which we run pit road speed for. We've had more penalties.
The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion lost this race a year ago when he chose to start on older tires late in the race and was eventually beat by Ryan Blaney who won earned his first career victory on fresher tires. 2 times for 31 laps; Kyle Busch 1 time for 13 laps; R. Blaney 1 time for 11 laps; B. Keselowski 2 times for 10 laps; D. Wallace Jr. They rank first through third in playoff points gathered thus far and all three were part of last year's Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"I think the young guys are on the brink, they're on the cusp", Busch said. "I thought we'd be a little bit better today, but maybe the cooler temperatures made everybody a little quicker and all that, but good finish for us", Kyle Larson said after finishing second.
"I'm good with it", the Chip Ganassi Racing driver Larson said smiling on Sunday.
He led 24 of the first 26 laps and the final 40 to win for the 92nd time in Xfinity to add to his series record. I thought we were about a fourth- or fifth-place vehicle, and we were running fifth there when the caution came out (for debris on Lap 139). The decision to stay out did not work out as well for Harvick, who fell to fourth at the end.
"I feel like we're getting back to what we were doing previous year", Truex said. "It's tough to stay really close, tucked up to the auto in front of you. Any time you're in a situation like that, I think you're in a good place". It really isn't surprising at all if you consider the butt whippin' he gave the field a year ago.
"It's my life, so we'll just keep going, keep trying to win in it, and the Roval is next", Busch said, "and then after that it's about the Daytona 500 and trying to get that one".