Larson’s intensive dash automotive background, together with his continued participation in quite a few races in the course of the Cup season, has usually raised questions over whether or not NASCAR was the place he actually needed to be racing full-time.
Following his victory Sunday in the inaugural Cup race at Nashville Superspeedway – his fourth consecutive win together with the All-Star Race – Larson tried to place these doubts to relaxation.
Larson, who was suspended for almost all of the 2020 season after utilizing a racial slur throughout an iRacing occasion and was subsequently reinstated after finishing sensitivity coaching, was requested about being allowed to do numerous additional racing since becoming a member of Hendrick Motorsports this season – one thing crew proprietor Rick Hendrick has usually discouraged his drivers from doing.
“It’s labored out actually nice for me. Cliff [Daniels, Larson’s Cup crew chief] I feel understands that after I race, I get higher. I simply form of undergo with him on what races I need to run,” Larson stated.
“He’s been cool to let me race so long as it’s not interfering with something I’ve received occurring with the NASCAR crew as a result of that’s all the time been my primary precedence, even prior to now. I do know lots of people don’t assume that.
“NASCAR has all the time been my primary precedence. I don’t miss something. I don’t go race a mud race after I might be doing one thing else with the NASCAR crew, whether or not or not it’s a sponsor look or sim day or no matter.
“I’m there for the NASCAR crew. I’ve saved it that manner.”
Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Valvoline celebrates his win
Photograph by: Ben Earp / NKP / Motorsport Images
There’s little doubt Larson retains a busy schedule however racing and competing for wins is what drives him and he believes being profitable in a single kind of racing may also help him develop into higher in one other.
“I feel all of the racing helps for every part. I win a Cup race, it helps me for filth racing. I feel, too, regardless that it’s completely different race vehicles, trying on the driver telemetry knowledge and stuff helps after I go race a dash automotive, as nicely,” he stated.
“Then, too, I feel simply racing rather a lot [helps]. I’m in racing conditions greater than anyone else on the planet actually, however particularly in Cup. I feel that helps me keep sharp, it helps me be aggressive, it helps me perceive what issues are doing, tracks altering, stuff like that.
“I feel you’re simply getting right into a rhythm and staying in a rhythm, the place none of those guys are going to get again in a automotive till Saturday. I feel it’s an enormous benefit for me to be in a automotive a number of occasions all through the week.”
Proper now, Larson’s crew proprietor appears to agree.
“It makes him higher to drive all these completely different vehicles, particularly these high-horsepower vehicles on filth,” Hendrick stated of Larson. “The one factor that Cliff has talked to me about is [Larson] spends as a lot time or extra time than another driver within the store.
“If he desires to race, he’s received this as a precedence. I imply, he digs and digs and digs. It’s all he thinks about. I feel he’s happier. I need him completely happy. I don’t need him harm. I’ve form of given up on these [stopping] guys desirous to drive.
“The crew chiefs and I’ve talked about it. They assume it’s good. The security offers are higher. I’ve instructed all of them they will drive what they need to.”