On the first, Larson was lined up to the inside of leader Kyle Busch, positioned in the preferable outside lane.
"Ryan Blaney gave me a heck of a push", Larson said, "so I've really got to thank him a ton". Here at MI, your tires don't wear out quite as bad, not almost as bad, and your line doesn't move around a ton, but it's really fast, got a lot of grip. A large crowd came out despite dire warnings about potential severe weather and they were treated to a good race with a popular victor in young John Hunter Nemechek, who celebrated in Victory Lane with his dad, Joe, on the eve of Father's Day. My dad is here today, too, so I'm looking forward to celebrating with him.
"We've been so close to so many other wins", said Larson, 24. He won by 0.993 seconds. "All-in-all, it's a good season so far and we'll continue to keep building on what we've got".
After starting from the pole for today, Larson finished second at the end of the first stage of the race and third at the end of the second stage.
Joey Logano finished third. Truex, Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Elliott, Blaney, Logano, Kenseth and Keselowski rounded out the top 10. Elliott was second in both MI races a year ago, and again Sunday. It has happened three times in the Cup series this year - Larson also did it at Fontana, and Stenhouse pulled it off at Talladega last month. "We just weren't really where we needed to be", Keselowski said. "Just had to keep fighting all day".
Two accidents setup the final restarts, one where Larson had to first fend off Chase Elliott, then Denny Hamlin on the decisive restart with five laps remaining. But with 10 laps to go, Daniel Suarez got spun and slid into Danica Patrick, who skidded into the inside wall. Kyle Busch, Hamlin and Kenseth rounded out the top-five. While there's no doubting Larson's talent, the same can not be said for the perennially underachieving Chip Ganassi-owned team, which before this season struggled to provide its drivers with winning equipment. We always start the year off worse than where we ended it. You get just in a bad spot, and there's nothing you can do about it.
He had a decent day going until hitting the wall late, triggering the series of cautions and restarts that ultimately decided the race. The four drivers ahead of him took two tires. "He had a fast vehicle today and we'll try to go get 'em next week". I think I could have gotten to second. Busch also passed Larson near the end of the second stage, relegating Larson to third. "This is our second Cup win of the year, but we've had six second-place finishes".
And each time Larson led the field to the green flag.
The two-mile master was at it again on Sunday, when Larson drove a masterful race - especially down the stretch when he navigated through a series of late cautions and restarts to win for the second time this season.
Larson beat Truex off pit road between the first two stages to retake the lead for the start of stage two. Byron came away with the lead, only for another caution to come when Matt Tifft went spinning.
At the restart, Truex did everything he could to get his auto going but wasn't able to and fell back to 9th. He is tied with Cale Yarborough for sixth with 83 wins.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 18, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan.
It wasn't Elliott's coveted first career Cup win, but second place was the latest example of how the sophomore driver has turned things around in recent weekends.