NASCAR: Kyle Larson could do what nobody has done since 2007

Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Kyle Larson is set to enter this Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway having won three consecutive point-scoring events.

Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson kept his winning streak going last Sunday in the Ally 400, the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, and he was again dominant throughout the entire race.

Larson’s victory in this 300-lap race around the four-turn, 1.333-mile (2.145-kilometer) oval in Lebanon, Tennessee was his third consecutive point-scoring victory.

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Including his All-Star Race victory at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 13, this win was his fourth in a row.

Larson won the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 30 before winning the race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 6.

The last time there was a Cup Series race that Larson didn’t win was over one month ago on Sunday, May 23, when he finished in second place behind teammate Chase Elliott in the inaugural race at Circuit of the Americas.

As a result, in this Saturday’s race at Pocono Raceway, he has a chance to do something that nobody has done since the 2007 season: win four consecutive races. That feat has only been pulled off eight times in the modern era (1972 to present).

Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is the most recent driver to do it, and he did it late in the 2007 season en route to winning his second consecutive and second overall title. He won at Martinsville Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix Raceway.

And if Larson is able to win both races at the three-turn, 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) triangle in Long Pond, Pennsylvania this weekend, he would become the first driver of the modern era to win five consecutive races.

Larson has made 12 starts at the Tricky Triangle and finished as high as second place back in June 2018. He finished in fifth in his most recent start there in July 2019. His average finish at the track is 12.42.

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Tune in to NBC Sports Network for the live broadcasts of both of this weekend’s races at 3:00 p.m. ET this afternoon and at 3:30 p.m. ET tomorrow afternoon. Larson is set to start this afternoon’s race from the pole position behind the wheel of his #5 Chevrolet.