Larson was 11th entering Turn Four of the final lap yesterday, with Newman close behind in 12th. Needing one more position to advance to the Championship Round at Homestead Miami Speedway, Newman charged onto the apron and made door-to-door contact with Larson’s Chevrolet. Larson brushed the wall and lost two positions, while Newman finished 11th, edging Jeff Gordon by a single point for the final transfer spot.
"Coming to the finish, there were a lot of cars racing really hard,” said Larson today. “I knew (Newman) was right around me and knew he needed to gain some spots to keep from getting eliminated from the Chase.
“It's a little upsetting he pushed me up to the wall, but I completely understand the situation he was in,” said Larson, “(I) can't fault him for being aggressive there. I think a lot of drivers out here would have done something similar if they were in that position."