Larson In Middle Of Chase To Win First Cup Race
Kyle Larson didn't win a Chase berth or a Cup race this year, but he has won over a lot of admirers. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)
By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Larson doesn’t want anybody to think of him as arrogant or boastful. Let’s just call him confident.
And the 21-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie is getting the kind of results on the track that prove he can get the job done, even if he is a bit impatient for more.
In his first full season in Cup, Larson made a strong run at earning a spot in the Chase for the Championship, although he came up a bit short. Heading into Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the youngster is 17th in the season points and has posted 12 top 10s in 27 starts.
He’s far from satisfied.
“If I could have done things right, we could have two wins this season,’’ Larson said Friday before the first practice session on the Magic Mile. “I think it’s coming. I hope it’s before the end of the year.
“But, if not, we won’t be too disappointed because we have been running well all season long. I didn’t win any Nationwide races last year and then I feel like I’ve been really competitive this year in Nationwide (with two wins). I’m sure starting next year we will be really good in the Cup series.’’
Larson’s success is not much of a surprise. Despite his youth, he came to Cup this year almost as heralded as current starts like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, who like Larson race sprint cars with great success in their Read the full story »