Larry McReynolds Snubs Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott & Dale Earnhardt to Name the “Best Short Track Racing Driver Ever”

Published 01/18/2023, 12:15 PM EST

Larry McReynolds is a name that is synonymous with success in the world of NASCAR. With a career spanning more than three decades, McReynolds has established himself as one of the most accomplished and respected crew chiefs in the sport’s history. He has led some of the biggest names in NASCAR to victory lane, including the legendary Dale Earnhardt and the talented Davey Allison. However, recently during a podcast, McReynolds revealed who he thought was the greatest driver ever to grip a steering wheel on short tracks. What is interesting is that the man he named was not Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, or Dale Earnhardt Sr. In fact, it was someone else entirely.

Larry McReynolds names his best short-track racing driver

During the interview with Mike Wallace, McReynolds mentioned, “I tell ya we had it going on. We didn’t run very many races from May to July, because it was a short time. But everywhere we went, Butch was so bad fast. I mean Butch literally was the best short-track racing driver to ever grip a steering wheel of a race car.”

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Following his crew chief days, McReynolds now mostly actively works with Fox as an analyst in the broadcast booth. However, that does not mean he has quit his crew chief dreams. Just last year, he partnered with Jeffrey Earnhardt for the 2022 season Talladega Xfinity race. Though it was more of a one-off event than anything permanent. That event also marked more than two decades since he had been a crew chief for someone.

McReynolds has been active in the sport beyond his crew chief days

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McReynolds has not only made a name for himself on the track but also in the broadcast booth. His expertise and insights have made him a valuable asset as a commentator and analyst for NASCAR on television. He has provided expert analysis for some of the biggest races in the sport, and his unique perspective has made him a fan-favorite among viewers.

From working with drivers across the field to leading them to the victory lane, McReynolds has an in-depth understanding of the sport. Furthermore, he also uses all of his expertise in the field while he places himself in the broadcast booth. Despite his success, McReynolds remains a humble and down-to-earth figure. He is a true professional who approaches his work with dedication and passion.

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His name is now synonymous with the sport of NASCAR, and his contributions to the sport will not be forgotten. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual observer, Larry McReynolds is a name that you need to know in the world of NASCAR.

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

Edited By: Akash Pandhare

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