“We’ve All Been Pulling for Him” – Brad Keselowski on Support for Kyle Larson in Comeback NASCAR Season

Published 03/09/2021, 7:50 AM EST
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) crosses the finish line to win the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


On Sunday, Kyle Larson clinched his first Cup Series win in Hendrick Motorsport colors. After a nightmarish 2020 season that saw him booted out midway, this was redemption time. Needless to say, this win was exactly what was needed to announce that Kyle Larson was back. In light of this, second-placed Brad Keselowski spoke about the Hendrick driver.

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He said, “I think everybody loves a good redemption story. He’s fought really hard for his opportunity to come back and making the most of it. I’m happy for him. I think I told him that, just happy for him.

“I wanted to win. I told him I wanted to win the damn race. But if I couldn’t, I’m glad he did. We’ve all been kind of pulling for him.”

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Make no mistake, Keselowski confessed that he would have loved to win. However, he acknowledged that if he couldn’t, he was glad that Larson did. Truthfully speaking, Brad Keselowski and many others were all rooting for him to win.

“He got in a great car, he’s a great driver. He’s going to make something happen because that’s what he does. He’s a wheel man.”

How did the race pan out for Brad Keselowski?

All things considered, the Penske driver had a fairly decent race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Although Larson led around 103 laps, Keselowski managed to win the first stage of the Pennzoil 400. From there, it was a straight fight between the two drivers, with other opponents chipping in occasionally.

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Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

This race marked Larson’s seventh career win and his first for Hendrick Motorsports. In addition to that, it was also his first win in the Cup Series since coming back from a suspension. It is also worth mentioning that, so far, each race this season has had a different winner, with Larson being the fourth.

This is after Michael McDowell, Christopher Bell, and Larson’s teammate, William Byron. Additionally, Larson’s triumph takes Hendrick Motorsports closer to breaking the record for the most collective team wins. Byron’s triumph at Homestead-Miami definitely helped in that regard, but Larson took Hendrick to within three of Petty Enterprises.

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