Kyle Larson Reflects on his Poor Race at the Talladega Superspeedway

Published 10/06/2021, 3:11 AM EDT
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 11: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders at Richmond Raceway on September 11, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


At the Talladega Superspeedway, Bubba Wallace became the newest race winner. Behind him were Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, poor old Kyle Larson endured a bad day in the office. He could only muster 37th after getting involved in a wreck during the course of the race.

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Speaking after the race, the Hendrick Motorsports driver spoke on how things played out. He said, “I thought it was over, and it could have been much better. Once I had a bit of speed, I blew a tyre at the start-finish line at minimum speed. As bad as the day was, it could have been worse, we could have been a couple of positions lower.”

Now, the #5 Hendrick Motorsports driver heads into the next race with a 22-point lead. However, he does not feel particularly comfortable, as his bad race could put him under pressure.

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What happened to Kyle Larson during the race?

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When he got spun around, Larson did not see who the culprit was. As per his testimony, everything happened far too quickly to grasp the situation and react accordingly. Later on, he spoke to Justin Allgaier and both acknowledged that it was a racing incident and no blame was thrown.

Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) before the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Instead, Kyle Larson was angry with himself for putting his car in that situation. Had he been higher up the order, there would have been less chances of being involved in a wreck. Now, all he can do is sit and rue what could have been, and then focus on the final race of the Round of 12 at the Charlotte Roval.

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However, he knows that the competition will get much more fierce. This is because there are seven seats ripe for the picking, and 11 drivers competing for them.

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