Working On A Dream!

Kyle Larson

(WOMR file photo)

Race car drivers sometimes can get nicknames that describes some part of their perona.  

Bill France, Jr. gave Dale Earnhardt, Sr. the nickname, “Sunday Money” for very obvious reasons. Indy Car driver Johnny Rutherford was known as “Lone Star JR“, he was from Texas.  A.J. Foyt was known as “Super Tex”, he is a Houston native.  Glen Roberts was better known by his nickname that was given to him as a baseball player, “Fireball Roberts”. Kyle Busch has given himself his own nickname,“Rowdy”.  KyBu’s older brother is not to be outdone, he has ascribed the nickname of “The Outlaw” to himself!  A.J. Allmendinger is better known as “The Dinger”.

There is a young and upcoming driver that I have watched race in the midget and sprint car world on the West Coast for the last three years.  He is a very unassuming young gun that can wheel a race car with the best of them, and now has been given the opportunity of a lifetime in NASCAR.  This young gun, Kyle Larson, is beginning to be known by the nickname of “Young Money” for obvious reasons!  To copy one of his slogans, “I will race anything, any time, and at any place!’  Not only will he race anything, any time,and at any place, he usually will also take their money!  

Well, “Young Money” has finished 2nd five times in his short NASCAR career, nearly beating Kyle Busch last year at Bristol in the Nationwide Series race.  Today, Larson proved to many of the nasayers why Chip Gasnassi signed this young man to a NASCAR  contract, and put him in the seat vacated by Juan Pablo Montoya moving over to Team Penske in the IndyCar series.

At what could be considered one of his two home tracks for NASCAR racing, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, (the other track would be Sonoma, which is much closer to his suburban Sacramento hometown of Elk Grove) Larson took the lead in The 300 on a restart with 17 laps to go.  “Young Money” held off the spirited charges by both Kyle Busch and Kevin Larson, for the entire 17 laps,winning  his first Nationwide Series  race.

For this 21 year old Californian, this first Nationwide race victory now accompanies his one Camping World Truck Truck victory at Rockingham.  With this win, Larson has now began to fulfil his dreams of making it big in NASCAR racing!

FYI, this is Kyle Larson’s fifth top ten finish in the five races so far this season!

Check out the unofficial results of the 300.


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