“Great Track for Me”- Kyle Larson Highlights Keys to Success at Darlington Ahead of NASCAR Throwback Race

Published 05/05/2021, 1:50 PM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) crosses the finish line to win the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Kyle Larson had a disappointing end to his day at Kansas after dominating once again. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has had a positive season up to this point and if the past is any indication, Larson will be competing for the title as the season progresses.

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After winning at Las Vegas, Larson is still chasing that second win. The 28-year-old feels quite optimistic about another strong performance this weekend at Darlington, where he will have some extra motivation.

The NASCAR throwback weekend is finally here and Larson will carry the memories of his first-ever race car, which was a go-kart, through his paint scheme this Sunday. And he will visit a track he loves.

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“I love Darlington. It’s been a great track for me in the past, said Larson ahead of Sunday’s Goodyear 400 race. “We have a really good package for worn-out tracks like that, so I hope that we are really good there,” he added.

May 2, 2021; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) makes a pit stop at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Larson aims to use his understanding of Darlington to good effect

Larson likened Darlington to Atlanta, where he was utterly dominant all day, but just missed the win. He hopes to correct some of his mistakes before Sunday’s race, where he hopes to take his throwback paint scheme to Victory Lane.

“I think, grip-level-wise, it’s pretty similar to Atlanta, and we were really good there this year in the No. 5. You just have to take care of your stuff and not get into the wall,” Larson said further.

Having said that, the driver pointed out that the surface is quite rough, making it easy to overdrive there and ruining your day. If he can avoid running the top and pick his line, we might just see Larson competing for a win.

All in all, Larson can’t wait to get onto the racetrack in his no. 5 Chevrolet Camaro.

Can Larson win the race in his special throwback paint scheme?

“Hopefully, our car is good enough and I don’t have to rely on running the top, which has been the strong suit for me there in the past.

“I could run a unique line that was much safer and all that. (I’m) getting excited about this upcoming race,” Larson expressed.

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This will be Larson’s first Darlington race in the Hendrick Motorsports car. The fact that he has 3 Top-5s in his last 4 races at the track in the no. 42 car will give the HMS driver a lot of confidence going into the Goodyear 400.

Winning in a paint scheme that has memories dating back to his earliest days as a racer will certainly make the deal even sweeter.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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