“Wasn’t Intentional at All” – Kyle Larson on His Incident with Christopher Bell

Published 08/11/2021, 1:14 PM EDT
Jun 13, 2021; Fort Worth, TX, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) and driver Kyle Busch (18) and driver Christopher Bell (20) and driver Cole Custer (41) and driver Chase Elliott (9) lead the field at the start of the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


After an eventful race at the Watkins Glen International circuit, Kyle Larson snapped Chase Elliott’s win streak at the track. However, it was not exactly a clean race for the 29-year-old, as he had a coming together with Christopher Bell. The two drivers were battling with Martin Trux Jr for the race lead; Larson dove down the inside of the #20 car but clattered into him.

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Afterwards, the Hendrick Motorsports driver spoke about how his race panned out. He said, “From the beginning, I knew we had a good car. I just knew I needed to execute well and not make too many big mistakes.

“The strategy kind of worked out and the car was fast enough, we were able to pass some cars and get back to the front.”

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Kyle Larson also praised his pit crew for a stellar job during the race. It was through their efforts that he managed to leapfrog Martin Truex Jr in the pit stop phase. As a result, the #5 driver was able to dictate the pace and control the entire field.

What did Kyle Larson say about the Christopher Bell incident?

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Speaking about the collision, he said, “I needed to get a few feet further forward. I think I would have had a little better position on him, but I was fully committed. Couldn’t slow down as well as I needed to and he had to turn to get into the corner.

“I was as slow as I could get and I hit him in a bad spot and turned him. I’m sure he’s upset, and hopefully I get a chance to talk to him. It wasn’t intentional at all.”

Jun 6, 2021; Sonoma, California, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) smiles after winning the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Larson acknowledged that he and Bell have battled several times in the past. During those times, there has rarely been an incident between them. Most of those races have also taken place outside the NASCAR arena, so he was a bit embarrassed about the clash.

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