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How often have you heard a driver start whooping in celebration with half a lap to go in a race?

Kyle Larson made the move of the race off a final restart with two laps remaining in the overtime session and went on to win the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. Larson, who won the Pure Michigan 400 for a second straight year, led the race for just two laps.

All of this came one day after Larson finished second at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals dirt race - which Ganassi OK'd, a rare sprint auto race the day before a Monster Energy Series event.

"We didn't have the best vehicle", crew chief Chad Johnston said, "and you usually don't win without the best auto at MI".

Furniture Row Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones finished second and third. After a second-place finish at Kentucky on July 8, Larson was a point ahead of Truex for the Cup Series points lead.

Truex was back up front when he stayed out during the fourth caution of the race that came out for a smoking Joey Logano on lap 186. Truex gave Larson the low line on the restart and that proved to be his undoing.

It was Larson's fourth career Cup victory and ended a mini-slump in which he had finished out of the top 20 in three straight races. He is now winless in 17 Cup races at his home state's track.

After emerging from his auto, Larson said he had played a few restart scenarios through in his head before the two-lap shootout, but admitted that he had couldn't believe he won the race. When that cycle completed near the end of the second stage, Truex was up front and Keselowski in second.

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