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Kyle Larson was supposed to compete for a title, now his season is unexpectedly over

Brendan Marks, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

He's right, and you don't have to look further than last season to see a perfect example of that unpredictability. Martin Truex Jr. was one of the fastest cars all year last year, but a blown engine in the second round of the playoffs also cost him a shot at a championship.

Back in the garage, Larson slid on his sunglasses and answered the media's barrage of questions as best as anyone in his position could. He thanked his owners, his sponsors, his crew and everyone else you could imagine. He pledged to watch the rest of the race, to "cross my fingers, pray to anything I can pray to."

But no matter what was asked of him, Larson kept coming back to the same idea.

"I keep saying everything sucks, every question sucks, but I don't know," Larson said. "I don't really know how to answer these because it's the same answer for every question."

Eventually the herd dissipated, leaving Larson to digest his 42nd-place finish and what just happened. He walked into the hauler alone and slid the doors shut. It wasn't even 3:30, still more than an hour before the race would be done.

But Larson's car already was, and that meant so is the rest his season. Everything, quite literally, went up in smoke.

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