“Actually Ended up Getting on TV” – Kyle Larson On his First Ever Sonoma Raceway Race

Published 06/06/2021, 11:59 AM EDT
May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) races during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


This Sunday, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers are at the Sonoma Raceway. Kyle Larson enters this race as the pole-sitter ahead of Chase Elliott and William Byron. Ahead of the race, the Hendrick Motorsports driver spoke about his first experience at the California race track.

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He said, “Before I got a chance to race at Sonoma myself, I went to one race. I can’t remember what year, it was the year that Juan Pablo [Montoya] won in the #42 car. Remember sitting up on the hill through Turn 1 where they crawl up the hill and underneath the bridge. Actually, when I was really young, we went to a Saturday morning practice and actually ended up getting on TV dressed up in my Terry Labonte Kelloggs outfit.”

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Kyle Larson is eager to win at the track that gave him good memories

So far, the Hendrick Motorsports quartet have been utterly dominant in the last three races. In fact, they almost locked out the Top 5, with only Kyle Busch splitting them. The streak began in Dover with Alex Bowman winning the Drydene 400. Then, Chase Elliott won the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at COTA, the first ever race there.

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May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) passes Alex Bowman (48) during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With that win, he helped Hendrick Motorsports equal the record for the most Cup Series wins. Finally, Kyle Larson won the Coca-Cola 600 from pole position as he dominated that race, winning all stages. In the process, he broke the team record with Hendrick Motorsports’ 269th Cup series win.

Now, the Hendrick quartet head to Sonoma on a high note and full of confidence. Admittedly, the team has only racked up two wins at the track, via Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Without a doubt, Larson, Elliott, Byron and Bowman will want to add their names to the list. However, the likes of Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske and other teams and drivers will be aiming to stop them.

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