Kyle Larson Tells the Interesting Tale of His Midget Racing Partnership With Chase Elliott Ahead of Chili Bowl

Published 01/06/2022, 4:50 AM EST


There probably isn’t a better duo when it comes to individual talent and accomplishments than Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson at Hendrick Motorsports. But during this offseason, the NASCAR duo took their partnership into dirt track racing as well.

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After taking part in the Hangtown 100 together, the 2020 Cup Series champ and the 2021 Cup Series champ are set to enter the prestigious Chili Bowl as teammates again.

In a recent podcast, Larson was asked just how this partnership from NASCAR found its way beyond just stock car racing. He said, “I think we talked about it pretty early on, I think after I saw he actually had an interest in midget racing. It wasn’t just he wanted to get done with it.”

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“I’ve kind of wanted to do two cars with my team. I thought that’d be fun, to bring an extra car out to West Coast races and do the Chili Bowl. Yeah, just worked out good with Chase,” Larson added.

Chase Elliott looks forward to the Chili Bowl

Chase Elliott, who hasn’t particularly taken the dirt racing world by storm, admitted the experience has been “fun” for him. “As bad as I’ve done, I’ve enjoyed it. I do enjoy the challenge of doing something new and I don’t think any of that has really changed for me,” he said.

Elliott admitted he’s seen and visited the racetrack with a keen, observant eye. This has helped him in identifying the differences which he hopes plays in his favor this year at the Chili Bowl.

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He added, “I think all of those things will be helpful. I’m looking forward to going, see the place for a second time and hopefully, it goes a little better.”

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The Chili Bowl Nationals will take place between January 10th and January 15th. Will the favorite Kyle Larson make it back-to-back? Or will his NASCAR teammate dethrone him and cause an upset?

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We’ll see.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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