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Larson docked points, loses Cup lead

Truex, who drives the No. 77 vehicle for Denver-based Furniture Row Racing, leads all drivers this season in race wins (3) and stage wins (13). “We’re just as confused and disgruntled by it as probably others”.Busch enters the race coming off a fifth-place finish at Kentucky where he led 112-of-274 laps.But Truex has the edge in playoff points, 28-13.Richmond International Raceway announced a $30 million infield renovation plan Tuesday. “It’s just been tough to put it all together to get the finishes, but we’ve run well and [we’re] definitely looking forward to taking advantage of that this weekend”. “We were there for four hours and I was in the vehicle a large majority of the time and I felt great inside the auto so I don’t really foresee any issues”.But going into competition at New Hampshire, Harrison Burton, son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, finds that as a driver, his image is clouded by his father’s success at NHMS. He has finished third the last two years.Truex has always enjoyed the northern hospitalities of NHMS. Now, Burton leads the K&N East series in points with 347, which is 22 more than second-place driver and last year’s champion, Todd Gilliland. Truex, second in qualifying, moved up as the pole victor as Larson was sent to the back of pack. If Truex can find some extra grip on the inside lane, it could give him some space to lead early. That is 257 more than Kyle Busch, who is second. However, he still owns a series-best average finishing position and a series-best driver rating in his last five races at this track.”It’s been on my list for a long time“, Truex said. He will miss Cup races starting this weekend at New Hampshire.Almirola said in a statement that “when something gets taken away from you at a moment’s notice like that, it has certainly made me appreciate my passion for racing and my desire to compete at this level”.