“NASCAR has gotta get off their ass and do the right thing,” Tony Stewart says of Kyle Larson still being suspended from NASCAR.
In April, Larson used the N-word while attempting to reach his personal spotter while running a hosted event on the Monza oval via iRacing.
The audio was intended for a private channel between the driver and spotter. However, wrong button, his audio was mistakenly sent to the public audio channel and heard by thousands of fans.
On April 13th, Kyle Larson was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR competition.
Four months have gone by. All the while, Larson has been dominating in the dirt racing world and grabbing the attention of race fans worldwide.
Yet, Larson remains suspended from NASCAR.
Multiple times, Stewart has expressed interest in signing Larson to Stewart-Haas Racing. “I would love to have Kyle Larson,” Stewart was quoted saying in 2017.
However, at the time, Larson remained loyal to Chip Ganassi for being the first car owner to take a chance on him.
Now for 2021, Stewart-Haas Racing has two seats unconfirmed for beyond this season. Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola are both in a contract season with the team.
Tony Stewart on Kyle Larson
Erik Jones is a free agent for 2021. Kyle Larson is looking for a ride. Tony Stewart was asked which of those two drivers brings the best chance of winning a race?
Stewart responded to CBS Sports, “Well I think that’s pretty easy to figure out. I mean I think even you know the answer to that even if we’re asking. I mean if you gotta pick between those two guys you gotta pick Kyle Larson for sure.”
“The kid was hot in NASCAR and he was doing a great job. And then he, since his problems, he’s got in a sprint car and absolutely just annihilated the sprint car field. So I think if you gotta pick somebody right now, you gotta pick Kyle Larson.
“NASCAR has gotta get off their ass and do the right thing and give this kid an opportunity to get back in a car. I think he’s paid his penalty and he’s served the penalty long enough where you know we’ve had similar instances in the sport that have happened and the penalties didn’t last as near as long as this has lasted with Kyle.
“It’s changed Kyle’s world, it turned everything upside down and not only did it affect him. It affected his family and a lot of other people that didn’t deserve to be affected.”
Stewart concluded, “So I think it’s been long enough. I think it’s time for NASCAR to get off their ass and to do the right thing and allow him to come back to the series now.”
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