On Saturday, March 22nd, Kyle Larson showed what he was made of when he took to the Auto Club Speedway in California for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
In the closing laps of the TreatMyClot.com 300, Larson found himself facing off with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in the closing laps, making an outside pass to nab the lead and his first Nationwide Series career win in his No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet.
After having nabbed five second-place finishes in thirty-seven NNS starts, this was something he and his fans will cherish for a long time to come.
Larson beat out Harvick by 0.342 seconds, and Kyle Busch was just behind Harvick by 0.04 seconds.
And as any fan will tell you, they knew this day was coming fast and furious, since the kid has shown some incredible talent along the way, to this point in his career.
In case you didn't know, Kyle Miyata Larson is a Japanese American driver, and he owns the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Rookie of the Year award and 2012 champion title. He was also the 2013 Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
He was born on July 31st, 1992 in Sacramento, CA..
He started racing go-karts at 7, and he's been on his career path ever since.
He's run open wheel cars for most of his young life and won the 2011 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, and in the process, won a race in all three open-wheel classes in a single night, being only the 2nd driver to ever do that.
Signed by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing (EGR) as part of their driver development program, his first stock car race took place at the Pete Orr Memorial Orange Blossom 100 at New Smyrna Speedway in February or 2012. And won that race.
For EGR, he ran for Revolution Racing in the K&N Pro Series East, and as noted earlier, became their rookie of the year and champ.
Kyle came to my attention on one race weekend in 2012 where he won each race he had entered, but did so with an interesting flair for "taking" the win, using his fenders to eek out his victories.
I thought that would inspire some angst amongst racing fans, but the pure-blood fans know that bumping is racing.
As you can see, EGR spotted the talent and nabbed him up. And to their credit, it may very well work out for them, as Larson replaced Juan Pablo Montoya, the destroyer of track dryer trucks, in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing car.
Aside from mechanical issues and accidents that might get him caught up, I think we're looking at a new chapter in NASCAR history being made.
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