NASCAR Greats Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer Impressed With Kyle Larson Over Consecutive Chili Bowl Titles

Published 01/18/2021, 11:15 AM EST
BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 16: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cars 3/Target Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the pole award for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


On Sunday night, Kyle Larson successfully defended his Chili Bowl Nationals title. Admittedly, three-time champion Christopher Bell made him sweat for a long time. Then, with two laps to go, Bell crashed out of the race, though Justin Grant immediately took over the responsibility of piling on the pressure.

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Nevertheless, he was able to soak it all up and went on to take a second consecutive Chili Bowl title. In light of the triumph, former NASCAR drivers, Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer congratulated the 28-year-old. The two of them admitted that they enjoyed watching the race and seeing Larson win.

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Of course, Kyle Larson was over the moon after the win. Having raced in midget cars for much of 2020, it was great to see that Larson’s work finally paid off. The Asian-American driver was out of favor in the NASCAR community owing to some shenanigans. However, it appears that he has since repented for his actions.

What awaits Kyle Larson in the 2021 Cup Series season?

With Larson joining the Hendrick Motorsports team, he will definitely be a favorite for wins and titles. The driver has proven on multiple occasions that he has what it takes to win, so that maiden Cup Series title should not be too far away.

Since the NASCAR driver expected to race at the Bristol dirt track, Chili Bowl race is an excellent form of practice. Since most, if not all Midget Car races take place on the dirt, drivers will get a chance to get used to the surface.

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Of course, racing midget cars and NASCAR cars are two very different experiences. In a way, it will be a chance for drivers to try and see how they stack up.  Given his experience in the dirt track arena, Kyle Larson could definitely be one of the favorites.

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