Kyle Larson Talks Nascar Sprint Cup Debut

Oct 10, 2013 7:50 PM

Every so often, a driver comes along who causes everyone in the garage to sit up and take notice.

For one generation, it was Jeff Gordon.

Now it's Kyle Larson, a 21-year-old Elk Grove native, who spent his youth racing at the dirt tracks of the north valley and leaving other competitors in the dust.

"Kyle Larson is a freak of nature," said Brad Baumgarner.

They call him "Young Money."

"From California to Pennsylvania and back, every knows who Kyle Larson is," added Baumgarner.

He's drving down the fast lane to success.

"He's such a huge talent, anything he jumps in, he's super good at it," said Sean Becker.

Nascar's next big star Kyle Larson hoping to take the sport by storm at it's highest level.

"It's a great opportunity of me," said Larson.

On Saturday, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Larson will pilot the No. 51 Chevrolet as he prepares to run the full sprint cup season in 2014 for Earnhardt Ganassi racing.

"Every young kid dreams of racing with the cup guys," said Larson.

Not bad for a racer who got his start in Chico's backyard.

"I grew up racing at Cycleland Speedway. I called Chico my home track," said Larson.

"I remember his dad carrying him around on his shoulders through the pits out here."

Larson just doesn't know anything else. He first raced a go-kart at age 7.

He rode his way to the Nascar Nationwide Series this year.

Throughout his career, he's won 27 championships, with 193 1st place finishes in various forms of racing.

But now that he's signed on to run with the Sprint Cup Series, weekend trips to the local dirt tracks will be difficult.

"We're kinda the lucky few to watch him progress through the years," added Becker.

But that doesn't mean Larson will ever forget about the short-track community.

"A lot of my friends are from Chico and Paradise. Hopefully I can do pretty well and get back to grassroots racing someday," said Larson.

If you'd like to watch Larson in his first Nascar Sprint Cup race, the green flag will drop on the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 4:30p.m. on Saturday on ABC.


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