Kyle Larson Calls Dover Battle with Kenseth ‘One of the Most Exciting Races’ of His NASCAR Career

Published 12/28/2020, 1:32 AM EST
DOVER, DELAWARE – OCTOBER 06: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Clover Chevrolet, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)


Kyle Larson will finally return to the NASCAR fray in 2021 with the Hendrick Motorsports team. This will be his shot at redemption for the drama that took place earlier this year.

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Not too long ago, the driver recently opened up on a variety of subjects, among them, his favorite moments in the sport, including the race at Dover and the battle against Kenseth.

Speaking in the Waltrip Unfiltered Podcast, he said, “I remember going a lap down early in the race.

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Somehow we got lucky and got some track position, then had a really fast car. Battling Matt [Kenseth] probably lasted 15 laps or so. Chase [Elliott] also was in the mix, that was a lot of fun.”

At that point, Larson decided that he was going to keep things clean between himself and Kenseth. This is because he was aware of Kenseth’s reputation as a clean driver. Owing to this, he took a call to not try to barge him out of the way.

Why did Kyle Larson make that decision?

The Asian-American driver confessed that Kenseth is the kind of driver who respects him. Obviously, Kyle Larson did not want to break that trust, so he elected to keep it clean.

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 12: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Larson confessed that he has wrecked others in the past, but he has learned from his mistakes. Coming back to the on-track action, he admitted that he had plenty of fun battling the veteran and Chase Elliott.

At the end of the day, he called it ‘one of the most exciting races’ he had ever participated in.

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AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 McDonald’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Hendrick newcomer also felt that he earned a lot more respect after that duel. According to him, that was more valuable than going no holds barred for a race win. In the end, fate rewarded him for his patience and good behavior with a win at Michigan.

Since then, he has gone on to win five more races, with the last one coming in 2019.

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