Kyle Larson talks aggressive NASCAR racing and naturally new NASCAR rivalries
Kyle Larson has been a contender all year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But, it’s competitive at the front.
He’s established himself at the front of the field. But, to be there, you have to be aggressive. Naturally, Kyle Larson has found himself in the middle of some heavy battles.
Today, Kyle Larson spoke on some NASCAR rivalries he’s been a part of in the 2017 season.
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Martin Truex Jr vs Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson on Martin Truex, “With Truex and I, I think it’s more of like a competitive [battle]. Up until a couple weeks ago, me and him were fastest in practices, qualifying, everything. We were top 2.”
“They’ve seen to found a little bit more speed here recently and pulled away. But, at Dover we raced really hard.”
“He got into me to get by. But, you know that’s aggressive racing I think. A lot of drivers get upset about that stuff. Where I view it, as racing.”
Jimmie Johnson vs Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson on Jimmie Johnson, “With Jimmie and I, it’s been a lot of fun to battle him. He’s the best there is, in NASCAR. He’s accomplished a ton.”
“I don’t mean to get under his skin. But it seams like I have a few different times this year. Up until Indy, we’ve yet to make contact, anywhere.”
Kyle Larson on his racing style, “I enjoy racing hard. We get paid a lot of money to be racecar drivers. Part of being a racecar driver, is racing hard.”
“I don’t mind being raced hard. And I don’t mind racing other people hard. But clean at the same time.”
I’m aggressive but clean at the same time
Kyle Larson concluded, “I think you could go through the garage every one of them if they think I’m a dirty racecar driver or a clean one? They’d probably say I’m aggressive but clean at the same time. That’s what I want to be viewed for and I have fun racing that way.”
Related: Racing is all Chip Ganassi does
Yesterday, First Data announced a partnership renewal with Kyle Larson. They will be the primary sponsor for the #42 at Talladega Superspeedway as well as Martinsville Speedway.
Kyle Larson, Driver No. 42 First Data Chevrolet SS: “It’s great to see another new brand join our team. We’ve had such an exciting season so far, and we’re really glad to see First Data grow their relationship with the team and be a part of what’s happening at Chip Ganassi Racing.”
He continued, “It’s also cool to see them get involved with NASCAR by sponsoring the Martinsville race. The grandfather clock there is definitely one of the most unique trophies on the circuit, and I’d love to park the First Data Chevy in victory lane and take home a clock.”
Currently, Kyle Larson sits in the 3rd position on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver standings. Larson has 3 wins in 2017.
Truex has 4 wins. Jimmie Johnson also has 3 wins.