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08/10 2018

KYLE LARSON IS DONE MAKING NASCAR FANS MAD OVER HIS DIRT ASPIRATIONS

 

 

Kyle Larson continues to irk NASCAR fans and executives with his vocal love of dirt racing.PHOTO BY MOTORSPORT IMAGE – LAT

Don’t even ask the 25-year-old to explain it anymore

BY:  MATT WEAVER

Kyle Larson is under a gag order when it comes to comparing his dirt aspirations to his NASCAR obligations.

Having found himself in trouble over saying the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals was “bigger” to him than the Daytona 500 and stating a desire to run the World of Outlaws full time by his 40th birthday, Larson has decided to keep those opinions to himself.

During a week in which Larson plans to jet back-and-forth between the NASCAR event at Michigan International Speedway and the Knoxville Sprint Car Nationals, the 25-year-old was asked if fans are starting to better understand why dirt is so important to his family.

However, recognizing the futility of even trying to explain, Larson is now aiming for a different approach.

“I feel like I need to avoid this question before I make everybody at NASCAR mad or some of my fans mad,” Larson said. “I’ll just avoid answering that.”

Lost in translation a few weeks ago when Kyle Larson flirted with the World of Outlaws is the passion and enthusiasm he truly has for his current job as driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing ..

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In addition to his NASCAR fans not totally intersecting with his dirt followers, Larson also thinks he has drawn the ire of executives who believe he is painting NASCAR in a negative light. Larson, meanwhile, has simply stated a desire to see all of racing benefit from his versatility.

Larson has said before that he loves being a NASCAR driver, but he enjoys the ability to participate in numerous disciplines. He continues to race on dirt when his NASCAR schedule allows, sporadically makes IMSA sports car starts, and he still hopes to participate in a future Indianapolis 500.

But every time he tries to explain it, the comments draw additional criticism from fans and suits.

“I’ve been through this before a lot, so I’m learning more and more to just keep my mouth shut,” Larson said with a laugh.

Larson’s contract with Chip Ganassi Racing allows him to run up to 35 non-NASCAR races a year.

“I’m just very thankful that has an owner that lets me have fun and then, especially on a weekend like this, to go be able to participate in the biggest sprint car race in the world the night before I’m on track racing the Cup car,” Larson said. “You don’t see any other owners really doing that.

“Tony Stewart would kind of be the only guy that would have done that. Kasey (Kahne) — in his situation, he can too, but just very thankful for everything Chip does. He knows it’s important to me, and I appreciate that.”