“I Don’t Think it Hurt” – Kyle Larson on His Race-Winning Defence Against Kevin Harvick

Published 09/25/2021, 8:06 AM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Advent Health Chevrolet, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Earlier, Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson took part in a QnA session. Among many other subjects, Larson talked about the incident with Kevin Harvick. To be precise, he talked about his robust defense against the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. Around that time, Larson backed up into the #4 car and drove the widest car on the track.

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He said, “I don’t know if it definitely helped or not, but I don’t think it hurt. For sure, having the dirt experience and being able to save it, it’s hard to say. I think everybody is really talented in the series and probably could have saved it as well. Just kind of lucked out where it all got situated straight once I got it in the banking and we’re still able to make a good corner.”

This was in response to a question on whether his dirt track skills helped him to save the car, especially while trying to take the lead, leading to his win at Bristol.

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Kyle Larson is looking forward to the next race of the Playoffs

Now, the driver and his contemporaries will be shifting their focus on this weekend’s race at Las Vegas. The Vegas race marks the first race of the second round of the Playoffs. Over here, the remaining drivers have had their points reset, so whoever wins or finishes highest, has the advantage of qualifying.

Jun 6, 2021; Sonoma, California, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) does a burnout after winning the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

If he manages to win at Vegas, he could rest easy at Talladega and at the Charlotte Roval. On the other end of the spectrum, if someone else wins, this will only add more pressure on the Asian-American driver. For the moment, Kyle Larson will want to stay clean and maintain his track position, as he is starting on pole position. In other words, he will have to watch his back for this weekend’s race.

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