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Kyle Larson critical of himself for ‘dumb’ mistake

Kyle Larson talks with the media

Sep 1, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) talks with the media during the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Media Day at Charlotte Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Larson failed to make the cut for the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs after finishing 35th in the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Larson was looking to repeat as the Cup Series champion, but the Hendrick Motorsports driver made a costly mistake. He hit the wall and had to pit on lap 99 for repairs to his right rear toe link.

Cars kept passing up Larson during his lengthy pit stop, which sent him down the leaderboard.

The driver of the No. 5 Chevy took all the blame for the error.

“Just a dumb mistake on my part,” Larson said after the race. “It’s frustrating to end like this. But, as up-and-down as I was this season, I’m not surprised that I made another mistake. A costly one at an important time.”

In addition to Larson, Austin Cindric, Daniel Suarez and Alex Bowman were also eliminated from the playoff.

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