Kyle Larson Reveals Which Peculiar Aspect of His NASCAR Driving Has Benefitted From Dirt Racing

Published 12/16/2021, 7:18 AM EST
Oct 17, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) takes the checkered flag as he wins the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 in the NASCAR round of 8 opening race at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Kyle Larson is on cloud 9 after seizing his maiden NASCAR Cup Series title. It is also worth mentioning that despite actively competing for the NASCAR title, he still found time for other events. In particular, Larson competed in several dirt events and he believes that has helped him improve as a driver.

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“Getting all that experience, I think helps. I think the dirt stuff really helps get my restarts and stuff a lot better in Cup. The races are so short that you have to be attacking all the time. On the flip side, I think that the NASCAR stuff helps the patient side of things and staying calm.” He said,

Kyle Larson will be aiming to defend his crown in 2022

Of course, the Hendrick Motorsports driver will be looking forward to the next chapter of his career. NASCAR history proves that if winning the maiden title was tough, defending next season will be a lot harder. His teammate Chase Elliott failed to do it after winning in 2020, so the pressure will be on Larson.

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Nov 7, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Additionally, Larson will have to keep a wary eye on his other teammates, Alex Bowman and William Byron. Furthermore, teams like Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske, and Stewart-Haas Racing, are no slouches. However, it is worth mentioning that the Next Gen cars could be a massive game-changer.

Kyle Larson will undoubtedly be working hard to figure out what makes the cars quicker than anyone else. If he does, he will have the advantage over his rivals. Though we can also be sure that they will also be doing the same thing.

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With all of this in mind, the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season will definitely be one to watch, with so many contenders. The big question is, will Kyle Larson win a second consecutive title, or will it be someone else?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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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