“Kiwis Can Fly” – Fans Left Dumbfounded as Kyle Larson’s Rival Pulls of Scarcely Believable “Doc Hudson” in Real Life

Published 11/27/2022, 11:45 AM EST

Kyle Larson also participates in dirt racing, mostly during the off-season and sometimes during the regular season as well. Recently, Larson’s long-time rival, New Zealander Michael Pickens, recently accidentally performed a completely perfect barrel roll, during the USAC National Midget Series.

Pickens was taking a turn when his midget car flipped into the air and miraculously landed back on its wheels, completing a perfect barrel roll. Right after the incident, Pickens continued driving ahead as if he planned everything. He obviously did not plan the move, however, he got out lucky. It could have ended far worse than this if n.

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Back in 2019, Pickens and Larson battled each other on track. In the process, they put up a wonderful show for the fans watching. The two continued to swap places for the lead and eventually, the Hendrick Motorsports driver grabbed the win. Throughout their duels on track, both drivers have shown immense respect toward one another. Even after the race, Pickens and Larson came to the front stretch for a handshake. This wasn’t the first time the pair had battled for the race win. Earlier, the duo had another hard-fought race back in Auckland.

Later during an interview, Larson praised Pickens and his racing ability calling the Kiwi to be “the top five midget drivers in the world.” Pickens, on the other hand, told the media that he had given everything. He also stated how Larson completes every lap with pinpoint accuracy and if one had to beat the NASCAR Cup champion, then they’d have to match Larson’s skills on track.

Fans react as an opponent of Kyle Larson pulls off a barrel roll

Kyle Larson’s USAC National Midget rival’s incredible move where he took flight, finished a barrel roll, and then landed cleanly back on his tires, left fans flabbergasted.

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Pickens himself asked if he got a 10 for that performance. Meanwhile, the fans stated that the move was badass and that they even saw it happening live and still couldn’t believe it.

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

Edited By: Akash Pandhare

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