“Had They Bent the Rules, There’d Probably be 20 Teams Mad at Them” – Kyle Larson On Why he Started Last in the Late Model Race

Published 04/30/2022, 4:04 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, waits on the track prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 06, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Once again, Kyle Larson has had a very busy week, travelling back and forth. This is because, he is juggling his dirt racing duties along with his Cup Series campaign. From Dover, he has to hop onto a flight back to Bristol for a late model and sprint car race. On Friday, he was running in a late model race when disaster struck. Apparently, he missed the call to be on the start line and had to start from the rear.

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Speaking about that moment he said, “It was unfortunate how it all worked out. Just a little bit of miscommunication on all of our parts. It definitely won’t happen again tonight. There’s a lot that led into why we were late and all that. They had to make the call and I had to come from the back. They shouldn’t bend the rules. Had they bent the rules, there’d probably be 20 teams mad at them rather than just one.”

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What else did Kyle Larson say about the hectic weekend?

In the end, he just had to accept the result and try to fight his way up the pack. Obviously, he cannot change the outcome, but he and his team can learn from their mistakes. He was also glad to see the reception at Bristol. According to Kyle Larson, the organisers have done a great job at promoting the race. Though he did wish that there would be more cars competing in the race, so that more fans can show up.

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Mar 27, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) before the start of the EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

At the end of the day, he simply enjoys racing in the sprint cars and late model cars. Now, the driver will be focusing on the late model race at Bristol, and also the Cup race at Dover. The Hendrick Motorsports driver must also be careful about trying to do too much. Otherwise, he could run the risk of burning out and it could affect his ability to race.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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