“Don’t Think Anyone Has an Advantage” – Kyle Larson on Dirt Racing at Bristol

Published 01/27/2021, 10:14 PM EST
LONG POND, PA – JUNE 04: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cessna/NTT Data Group Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)


When the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season kicks off, there will be a few new tracks to visit. One of them is the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt surface. This will undoubtedly be a brand new experience for everyone. Of course, quite a few drivers like Kyle Larson will be familiar with that environment since they have been participating in other racing series on dirt surfaces.

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Speaking of which, the driver recently opened up on the prospect of racing on the dirt. He also previewed the 2021 Cup Series season and his link up with Hendrick Motorsports. For the coming season, Larson is expected to have Cliff Daniels in his pit box as his crew chief.

DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro, during final practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Larson said, “I really don’t think anyone has an advantage going there. I guess, maybe, the only small advantage that a guy like Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) or Christopher (Bell) or myself might have is being able to read a track’s surface and how it’s changing.

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“Open-wheel cars are so much lighter and have a lot more power than a Cup car. So, the style of racing will be way different.”

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Kyle Larson is being cautiously optimistic

The #5 driver admitted that he is excited to partner Daniels. He even compared him to all the dirt crew chiefs he has linked up with. According to his observation, Daniels is far different from others; he is young, focused, and known to be a perfectionist.

It is worth mentioning that Kyle Larson boasts of incredible prowess on dirt surfaces. Having competed in dirt races after his NASCAR hiatus in 2020 and during the offseason, he should be well-prepared. However, Larson refused to err on the side of complacence and declared that his dirt track experience is different from racing in NASCAR.

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Despite more than 40 wins in the dirt arena, including the prestigious Chili Bowl, he does not tip himself to win. Instead, Kyle Larson knows that his dirt track experience will instead make him a bigger target.

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