42 KYLE LARSON, Chevrolet
Team: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
WHERE HE STANDS: 13th, 24 points out of a spot in the Chase. Lost one spot last week.
RICHMOND RECORD: Won the pole for the spring race and finished 16th in his first Sprint Cup start.
LOOKING AHEAD: Larson said, "For this weekend, it's pretty simple for us, we need to win. Our Target Chevy has continued to be fast, and I know we have the ability to win the race. We've had a pretty good season, and getting into the Chase would be an awesome accomplishment for this team and me in our first year together. Richmond can be a tough track, but we'll use what we learned from the race there in the spring and our test to go and fight for a victory and a spot in the Chase."
LOOKING BACK: It was an up-and-down night for Larson. He started third, but ran into early handling problems as he dropped out of the top 15. But the rookie driver rallied in the second half of the race to finish eighth at Atlanta for his 11th top-10 finish of the season.
"It was a tough race tonight," said Larson. "For whatever reason, we got pretty tight in the center of the corners and I couldn't roll the bottom like I wanted to. I lost a ton of track position, but we got the Target Chevy better as the race went on. We got caught on pit road a couple of times when the caution fell, so we had to do the wave-around and restart behind all the lap down cars. Fortunately, it kind of worked out at the end with two green-white-checkered attempts. I had to start pretty far back on the restarts, so a top-10 is not too bad."
ETC.: Larson understands that he has an outside shot at making the Chase on points. But he also realizes that the odds of gaining 25 points and passing both Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer are not very good. "So happy for Kasey (Kahne, who won the Atlanta race), but that (Kahne's win) pretty much ends our Chase hopes, unless we win (at Richmond)," said Larson.