“Much Shorter Flight” – Kyle Larson Not Happy on Travelling to Indianapolis

Published 01/18/2021, 2:41 PM EST
Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) passes the start finish line during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


In the buildup to the NASCAR race weekend at Indianapolis, Kyle Larson was a really busy bee. Apparently, he was competing in the Knoxville Nationals on the same weekend as the Brickyard 200. As a result, he really had to rush to get to Indianapolis for the Cup Series race.

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He said, “I got about four hours, it wasn’t too bad and all. I’ll take a nap probably after qualifying, so it wasn’t too bad. Much shorter flight than like Michigan. I got to the motorhome by 3:40. It’s all honestly like a blur so far, I haven’t got to really think about it much. I only got to see my crew for a couple of minutes and had to leave for the airport.”

Due to the fact that he had to hurry away, it made his Knoxville win a little bitter-sweet. Now, Kyle Larson will be hoping for a good run until the end of the playoffs. At Watkins Glen earlier this month, he took over the championship lead from Denny Hamlin. Although he finished third at Indianapolis, he managed to keep his championship lead, as Hamlin was 23rd.

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How did Kyle Larson perform in the race?

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It is worth mentioning that Larson started the race in fourth and was right in the hunt throughout. However, part-time driver AJ Allmendinger stunned everyone when he emerged victorious at the iconic circuit. Obviously, Larson would have been disappointed to lose, but glad that his rivals finished behind him.

Jun 13, 2021; Fort Worth, TX, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) and driver Kyle Busch (18) drive side by side during the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

On the bright side, he was the best of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers, ahead of fourth-placed Chase Elliott. However, he was powerless to stop Kaulig Racing’s Allmendinger and Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney. Meanwhile, Alex Bowman finished all the way down in 17th. Additionally, William Byron had a disappointing race in 33rd place and close to the rear of the field.

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Now, there are just two races left until regular season concludes. Kyle Larson is still comfortably in the lead, while time is running out for Denny Hamlin.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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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