“Seems to Defy Physics”: Dale Earnhardt Jr in Awe of Former Mentees’ Excellence as He Holds Up His End of the Bargain for Kyle Larson

Published 09/29/2023, 2:31 PM EDT

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The High Limit Sprint Car Series is an initiative founded by Hendrick Motorsports star Kyle Larson and reigning World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet. The latter has many identities: The brother of Katelyn Sweet [Larson’s wife], 4-time World of Outlaws champion, and a mentee of the legendary Dale Earnhardt Jr. Larson and Brad Sweet had joined forces together to create their own touring series in 2022. After a single event last year, the inaugural season got off to a blistering start just a few days back. And, it brought none other than Dale Earnhardt Jr to enter the arena of sprint car racing.

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Getting back from the Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday, Dale Jr sat with co-host Mike Davis on his podcast to share his experiences from the visit and had nothing but praise for JR Motorsports‘ former development driver.

Dale Earnhardt Jr is in complete awe of his former driver

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Kyle Larson had debuted in the CARS Tour racing series earlier in the year. The contest is owned by 4 NASCAR icons, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. In exchange for participating in the series, Larson made Dale Jr agree to be a part of his own racing series: The High Limit Sprint Car Series.

Despite not being a prominent racer now, Junior remains to be one of the recognizable faces in motorsports. Expectations were that his presence at Lernerville during the event would attract fans. Getting back from attending the race, Junior has become a fan of the motorsport variant and was in complete disbelief over the skills of Brad Sweet.

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Sweet was once a development driver at JR Motorsports. The outfit that is known for creating strong drivers had given him the keys to the #5 Chevy car back in 2013. Ten years later, Dale Jr got to witness the driver behind a sprint car and came away a big fan. Talking on his podcast, he said, “And, we did get an incredible experience. My favorite part was watching when the track was added speed and Brad went out there to qualify and put down an incredible lap. Just how fast that car went into turn 1 … It changed directions and seemed to defy physics.”

Going on to heap more praise, he said, “It was just really fun to watch. In the level of bravery and commitment to drive a car like that… That limit is very rare and only a few people on earth can do what he can do.”

With the “Pied Piper of Daytona” taking a big liking to what he saw at Lernerville, the possibility that he could climb into a sprint car on a dirt track does exist. And, excitingly, he thinks the same.

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Kyle Larson is thrilled as Dale Jr opens himself up to racing in a sprint car

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Holding up his end of the deal, Larson had participated in the CARS Tour race at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway on June 28. Very passionate about his Sprint Car series, the HMS driver was sure that Dale Jr would love being a part of his tournament. Seeing the results of the deal turn positive, Larson was overjoyed. He said at Lernerville, “It was awesome that [Dale Jr] was here. He’s just a great guy. For him to come up with the idea to do this, I’m super thankful for that. […] Just seeing the craziness was wild. But he handles it very well. I think we’re all fortunate as race fans here tonight to have him here and help grow our sport.”

Giving the Cup Series driver further cause for happiness was Dale Jr’s admission that he would be racing in a sprint car. Though he was willing to accept the idea, Junior was also hesitant to compete with the drivers that he saw on the track earlier. Talking about the skill that it takes to maneuver cars like they did, he said, “After sitting here and watching those guys go around the track, I have no business out there trying to compete with them. That’s insane and impressive how good they are. I really admire the skill it takes. Glad I’m able to be here and witness it.”

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Brad Sweet and Kyle Larson had put together quite the event for Dale Jr. With the legend considering it the most “fulfilling” experience a racing fan can have, the duo couldn’t have gotten greater praise for their efforts. With Sweet heading back to the Outlaws series and Larson heading to Talladega for his Cup Series race, hopes will be pinned on the small chance of Dale Jr getting behind the wheel of a sprint car soon!

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Gowtham Ramalingam

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Gowtham Ramalingam is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. His love for motorsports stems from his fascination with Formula 1. Possessing an obsession for anything with an engine, the roads eventually led him to the raw grounds of NASCAR and he has been an avid fan of the sport ever since.
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Nischal Kandpal

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