Kyle Larson drove to victory lane at Phoenix Raceway claiming his first NASCAR championship
On Sunday, Phoenix Raceway hosted the championship finale for the NASCAR Cup Series. Four drivers battled on the 1-mile track for the season title.
Watch the video of Katelyn Larson shotgunning the beer below.
A fast pit stop late in the race gifted Larson with the race lead. From there, Larson held of Martin Truex Jr to claim his first career NASCAR Cup Series title.
Shortly after the win, Larson pulled his son Owen inside the car. They went around the track, en route to victory lane. However, along the trip, the championship flag became caught in the left rear wheel, ripped from it’s pole.
When Larson found victory lane, he was greeted by his wife Katelyn Larson along with his daughter and the No. 5 team. Larson was handed the Bill France trophy.
Shortly after, Katelyn Larson was handed a beer on the victory lane stage. She proceeded to shotgun the beer for the championship stage. With regular trips to victory lane, it’s become a trademark.
“I was sitting up there in the suite, maybe five or so [beers in],” Kyle’s wife Katelyn Larson stated from victory lane.
“It means so much. Just because of what Kyle and I had been through as a family.”
“I don’t even know what the right word is. Redemption, all of it. I was crying for the last 20 laps.”
“It was so nerve racking. But, it is the best feeling because of what we’ve been through in the past. And just the good feeling that’s come out of it.”
“all the people that supported us last year, when we went dirt racing. We got super tight, the four of us, as a family on the motorhome. All those people that helped us on the side of the road, go to the grocery store, watch our kids. All those people are here today. So, it’s just really awesome.”