“Always Negative”: Hendrick Motorsports Star Kyle Larson Under Fire as Fans Rebuke Him for His Blunt Take

Published 04/09/2023, 7:30 AM EDT

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Celebrated for their audacious maneuvers and breakneck speeds, NASCAR drivers consistently amaze their fans. However, these talented racers occasionally exhibit a sarcastic or even pessimistic attitude when interacting with the media. This contradictory behavior intrigues and baffles some, while some remain captivated by their candid insights into various topics. Take, for instance, Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson.

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Recently, Larson found himself in the spotlight when he candidly shared his opinion on dirt racing at Bristol. Soon, his comments were under fire from a few fans who did not like his negative response.

Larson shares his thought about racing in the dirt at Bristol

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During a media interaction ahead of the Bristol race, Larson was asked about his thoughts on whether NASCAR should continue to hold dirt races in Bristol. He told Frontstrech’s Dalton Hopkins, “I think we all really enjoy the concrete surface here at Bristol. So I think the crowd’s typically bigger, it seems like at this point now, for the concrete stuff.

“So yeah, I mean, I don’t know, it’s up to the series and the promoters. But I would love to get back to run two races on the concrete here.”

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He was then asked which dirt track would he want to go to. Larson replied, “None. None… We don’t need to be racing on dirt.”

NASCAR fans slam Kyle Larson for his negativity

Larson’s response had some of the fans call him out for his negativity. They argued that he could at the least pretend to be positive while talking to the media from time to time.

One person even mentioned how Larson felt like someone who did not even enjoy racing when speaking to the media.

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However, quite a few fans were open to moving the dirt race to some other venue, as was suggested by Joey Logano recently.

Though in minority, a few fans expressed their support for Larson’s argument.

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While some people did not enjoy hearing Larson’s opinion about racing in the dirt, many fans would agree that Cup cars aren’t meant for dirt racing. Moreover, if this is coming from someone like Kyle Larson, who is a prominent figure in dirt racing, we can assume that several other drivers might feel the same.

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What do you reckon, should NASCAR continue to make Cup cars race on dirt? or should they take it out to an actual dirt track like Eldora Speedway, or completely refrain from anything other than concrete/asphalt? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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Written by:

Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.
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Nischal Kandpal

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