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Kyle Larson Makes Improvements

Josh Holmberg-USA TODAY Sports

After making four starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kyle Larson’s season has taken a turn in the positive direction.

During the race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway Larson was able to capture his first top five finish of the year. In the race last Saturday afternoon Larson’s second place finish also gave him his first top 10 finish of the year. His finish at Bristol has allowed Larson to overturn his season after a rocky start to the year.

In his rookie season Larson’s year started in the Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona, which ended in a sour note. At Daytona Larson started the year with a 13th place finish. Following Daytona he captured a 13th place finish at Phoenix where he raced Jimmie Johnson for position throughout most of the race and captured a 33rd place finish at Las Vegas.

Known for his competitive style and wins throughout most of his appearances at several races, it seemed as if Larson was not himself just yet in his first few Nationwide starts. All of that changed at Bristol and put Larson back in the spotlight he was already known for. He left Bristol with a second finish but not after racing Kyle Busch for the top spot.

In just four starts Larson has averaged a start of 15 and an average finish of 15. Within his four starts he has led a lap in two races, at Daytona and Las Vegas.  After his performance at Bristol, Larson got himself within the top 10 in the point standings currently sitting in ninth. At the moment he’s just 49 points behind the leader.

Heading into the race weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Larson can keep the momentum he had in Bristol going and continue to rise within the standings. The momentum not only can help continue to find success as he continues in his NASCAR career, but also within the race for the Nationwide Series rookie honors.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy