2nd in the Knoxville Nationals – 1st at Michigan International Speedway
Kyle Larson had to talk his NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi into running the Knoxville Nationals on Saturday. With some help and persistence of the dirt racing community, the #42 owner allowed it. But, he had one stipulation.
“I’ve been hearing you all the last few days. My phone and my twitter account’s blowing up. ‘Let’s let Kyle race. Take him to Knoxville.’ Ok. Ok. Ok. We know he can win at Knoxville. We’re going to have him win here at Michigan on Sunday too.”
Then he did.
Was that final restart like being at Knoxville?
Kyle Petty asked that questions after his win on Sunday. Kyle Larson responded, “No. Because the Knoxville Nationals, they’re single file restarts.”
Larson explains NASCAR stock car racing, “NASCAR racing and sprint car racing are two totally different styles of racing. Especially when you get to a place, you know, a big smooth track like this [Michigan International Speedway].”
He then described dirt racing, “Sprint car racing is really rough, as you can see from the video. And technical. This [NASCAR] was just fast and smooth.
At Michigan, his car was dirt trackin’, “But it was technical for me today because I was so loose in traffic. Typically, I feel like I’m really good here in traffic. I thought I was good at the beginning of the race. I don’t know what happened. If the track lost grip or what but I was terrible.”
He continued, “I didn’t even think I was a 10th place car. So, to get a win today and kinda steal one is awesome.”