Kyle Larson Explains Why He Could Have “Some Growing Pains” During His NASCAR Return

Published 12/21/2020, 2:05 AM EST
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – OCTOBER 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, climbs into his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


In the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, Kyle Larson only competed in four races before he was let go midway through the season. This was largely down to some questionable actions during the NASCAR shutdown.

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Luckily, the Hendrick Motorsports team was willing to give him a second chance after he repented for his actions. Admittedly, Larson is a little concerned, as he has not stepped in a NASCAR machine for a while.

Speaking about his impending return, he said, “Part of me thinks it could be really good. I’ve raced way more than anyone else this year. But I also haven’t been in a stock car for almost nearly a year.”

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“Coming up to the Daytona 500 and especially now the way schedules are—no practice and things like that—being with a new team, there could be some growing pains from that,” added Larson.

What else did Kyle Larson say?

On the other end of the scale, he is fairly confident in his abilities. This is because he has raced in the Cup series for a while and there has been no drastic change in the cars in the span of one year.

Owing to this, it should not take long for him to get back in the groove, at least in theory.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JULY 24: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on July 24, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Kyle Larson prides himself on his ability to easily adapt to new situations, because of his background of driving many different types of cars. In a way, he is almost like a jack of all trades.

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At the end of the day, Larson is simply excited to get going and kick off his Hendrick Motorsports career.

In the off-season, he has been content with occupying himself on the simulator and taking part in races of different disciplines. Other than that, he tends to frequent the shop to ensure that he is prepared for February and 2021.

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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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