Kyle Larson holds off Chase Elliott for first Sprint Cup victory

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Monday, August 29, 2016

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kyle Larson raced to his first Sprint Cup victory on Sunday, taking the lead on a restart with nine laps remaining and holding off Chase Elliott at Michigan International Speedway in a duel between two of NASCAR's up-and-coming standouts.

Elliott had a comfortable lead before a tire problem on Michael Annett's car brought out the yellow flag. Larson had the better restart and went on to win by 1.5 seconds. Brad Keselowski finished third.

Larson's victory in his No. 42 Chevrolet snapped a 99-race winless streak for Chip Ganassi Racing. This was the team's first win since Jamie McMurray's victory at Talladega in 2013.

Larson's win secures a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with two races left in the regular season. Elliott remains winless but is in solid shape to make the Chase field on points if need be.