Larson made a blinding restart in overtime of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, going three-wide and diving in between Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth to take the lead. Erik Jones, Truex's Furniture Row Racing teammate, was third.
He will now need to secure a win at Bristol, Darlington or Richmond to qualify for the playoffs, which start in Chicago on September 17. "We just couldn't hang with the Toyotas up front there". He finished second to Donny Schatz.
Keselowski appeared to have the strongest auto in the first 100 laps of Sunday's race, he led a race high 105 laps.
"So we'll know for certain at the end of the week based on whether NASCAR takes the cars after the race today". "We had a strong suspicion that those guys would kind of tune it down this weekend, so not to post a pretty big number in inspection that maybe balanced back out the competition, and potentially that's right because our team hasn't done much differently and those guys are just not as fast as they've been the last few weeks".
Martin Truex, Jr., who Larson passed for the victory, finished second, MI native Erik Jones was third, Ryan Newman was fourth, and Trevor Bayne fifth. "We gave 100 percent effort, and I was really proud of my team for that".
"I ended up getting the bottom lane on the (late) restarts and getting absolutely swallowed", admitted Keselowski.