NASCAR Spotter Takes Major Offense to Hendrick Motorsports Star Kyle Larson’s “Black Eye” Comments

Published 09/28/2022, 2:45 PM EDT
Sep 4, 2022; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; Kyle Larson, driver of the (5) HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, gets service from his pit crew during the COOK OUT Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

It is safe to say that the Texas Motor Speedway is probably not going to top any popular NASCAR track listicles. Even the drivers are not particularly big fans of the track.

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Recently, Kyle Larson launched a particularly scathing attack against the race track. In light of this, NASCAR spotter Brett Griffin spoke about the criticism leveled against it.

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He said, “If you’re a Kyle Larson fan, you should be spot on for what this guy said. He’s being very transparent.”

“If you are the owner of NASCAR, if you are the owner of Texas Motor Speedway, if you’re trying to sell tickets, get more eyeballs. You have a past champion and one of the best drivers in the world saying, ‘This race track sucks’.”

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“Is that going to make people watch? Is that going to make people buy a ticket?”

What else did Brett Griffin say about Kyle Larson’s criticism?

Considering that last weekend’s race was a bit of a let-down for many, the Hendrick Motorsports star may have a point. But according to Griffin, it is not a good look for NASCAR when your defending champion is criticizing the track.

He also confessed that Kyle Larson could have aired his grievances at another time.

Mar 27, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) before the start of the EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Griffin continued, “Is that good for the sport, leading into the weekend where the race is at Texas Motor Speedway? No!”

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“So I’m going to have to side with the fan in the situation and be spot off. I don’t think the timing of that – I think he said it after a wreck, after the race this weekend, this week, whatever. But to say something that harsh, while we’re already there, that’s a black eye on the race track.”

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Now, what’s done is done and nothing can change the past. All that anyone can do is listen to the drivers and try to improve things for them. For now, the paddock is looking forward to the next race at the Talladega Superspeedway.

Admittedly, there is a bit of a cloud of doubt because of Hurricane Ian, but we will have to pray that everything is smooth.

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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.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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