NASCAR celebrations backfired in victory lane at Sonoma Raceway
Kyle Larson has returned to NASCAR in dominating fashion. Last week, the No. 5 team swept all four stages of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s longest race.
He started from the pole position on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Larson went on to win sweep all three stages and cruise to his third win of the year.
Jill Gregory previous led the NASCAR marketing group. Recently, she returned to Sonoma Raceway where she became the General Manager of the SMI facility.
Gregory joined Larson in victory lane. The podium in wine country usually features a glass of wine.
In the middle of celebration, Larson spit out the wine. Due to the wind, the wine was then carried onto Jill Gregory.
Larson explains and apologizes….
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Kyle Larson explains
“I won a K&N race here in 2014, apparently it wasn’t windy that day cause it shot out perfect. It was a cool picture,” Larson recalled to Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports.
“I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to do that again today.’ “
“But, totally blew it. It was way windy. I feel super bad, I got it all over Jill Gregory. So, that was my bad. I messed that up.”
Larson added, “I wasn’t spitting the wine out because it was bad or anything. I was really just doing it for a cool photo like it was in 2014.”
Following the win, he’s the odds on favorite. The driver now has three wins this year with 1162 laps led. Truex Jr is the only other driver with three wins and Hamlin is the runner-up in laps led at 756.