Kyle Larson & Wife Katelyn Decipher Her Viral “Shotgun Sweetie” Celebration: “They Would Cheer Louder for Her Than Me”

Published 05/18/2023, 9:31 PM EDT

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Every victory deserves a celebration. Katelyn Larson certainly has got a way of celebrating her husband Kyle Larson’s victories. Shotgunning a beer is the celebration she came up with, and she continues to do it as Kyle ups his game on track.

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NOS Energy-sponsored documentary series DIRT: The Last Great American Sport has put the spotlight on Larson in its inaugural episode. A creation of FloSports Studios, the episode covers the Hendrick Motorsports ace’s life on and off the track. Well, if you talk about Larson’s life, you cannot possibly miss out on his support system, Katelyn.

The origins of Katelyn’s celebratory ritual

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In the documentary’s first episode, we get to see more about what happens behind the scenes and off the track. A range of issues like family, altercations, and team talks, among many other things, can be seen in the episode. One of the most exciting segments of the video is when the Larson couple talks about Katelyn’s viral celebration.

Talking about the first instance of the shotgunning, Katelyn says, “I told Kyle, when you win a NASCAR race, I’m gonna shotgun a beer. Kyle won at Dover in 2019. They caught me on the boomerang camera shotgunning the beer in the corner. So it kind of took off from there. It’s a fun, playful, you know … tradition.”

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In an eye-catching display of commemoration, Kyle adds how the celebration gets the fans going.

“The fans, I mean, they would cheer louder for her than me. Now every race that I go to, every dirt race especially, I have multiple fans coming with me like, ‘Where’s Caitlin? I’m gonna shotgun a beer with her later.'”

The couple further talks about how iconic his wife’s celebration has become and how the nickname “Shotgun Sweetie” came into being. So much so that Katelyn even has a T-shirt with that alias.

“Shotgun Sweetie is what they started calling me. Sweet is my maiden name so that’s kind of how it started,” said Katelyn.

A great story behind an iconic celebration definitely.

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Katelyn and Kyle Larson: Story of a great couple

As Katelyn’s former surname suggests, the Larsons are a “sweet” duo. Married for five years now, they have been with each other through thick and thin. Parents to three beautiful children, the family received the happy news of their third child in January this year.

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The couple had been a thing for a long time, having dated for some time before confirming their engagement in 2017. After tying the knot in the following year, they have been one of the most energetic couples in and around the NASCAR paddock.

Kyle was initially introduced to Katelyn’s brother Brad Sweet. Brad is a three-time World of Outlaws champion and a sprint-car racing veteran. Having known him before his racing career, Brad was the bridge to Katelyn. Brad and Kyle continue to race together even now, which, according to Mrs Larson, makes her root for the underdog in her brother.

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It is great to see a couple bringing something out of the box to NASCAR—Some much-needed display of happy moments in a sport filled with tension and rivalries. And as for the shotgun celebration, the instances have only increased with Larson raking up wins across divisions.

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Ansuman Abhisek

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Ansuman Abhisek is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As an engineering graduate, he has a strong affinity for cars, and it didn't take long for him to translate that into his love for the sport. He is a big fan of Kyle Busch and believes that the Richard Childress Driver still has his best years ahead of him.
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