Kyle Larson Dismisses Impact of Chase Elliott-Kevin Harvick Incident on His Win

Published 09/26/2021, 7:56 AM EDT
Apr 25, 2021; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) in the pits during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports


Last weekend at Bristol, Kevin Harvick looked like a strong contender for the win. Sadly, he stumbled upon an obstacle called Chase Elliott, and as a result, Kyle Larson caught and passed him for the win. Recently, the Hendrick Motorsports driver talked about the incident and spoke about whether it affected him.

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He said, “You don’t really know, it’s hard to look in the rear-view mirror and guess what might have happened. It would have taken me longer to get to them, and I don’t know. I want to say no I couldn’t, but at the same point, I don’t know, because my car was really good on the long runs. Who knows, maybe he just got worse at that point in the last 20 something laps. Maybe it if did happen, it would have been on the last lap, or with three to go.”

Kyle Larson is looking forward to the next set of races

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Of course, the driver will be riding high on his good run of form lately. However, he will be wary to not slip up at this stage. This is because, one bad result could compromise him and lead to an early elimination. That fate befell poor old Kevin Harvick last year when he attempted a late lunge and spun on the last lap.

Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) passes the start finish line during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully, Larson will continue his consistent pace or be tactical in when he peaks. Obviously, one cannot expect him to keep winning, because NASCAR races can be unpredictable, especially during Playoff races. This is because the competition gets even more fierce, as no holds are barred. In light of this, Kyle Larson will want to be careful in his approach to the next few races.

Once he manages to score well at Las Vegas and Talladega, he should be fine for the next race at the Charlotte Roval. From there, he has to worry about the next few races until the Championship 4 is decided.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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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