Kyle Larson thinks that no driver will have a major advantage for the Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on a dirt surface in March.
After Larson was suspended by NASCAR back in April 2020, he participated in a number of dirt races, winning more than 40 dirt races. Recently, he won the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals.
However, as NASCAR is set to host a Cup race on a dirt surface at Bristol, Larson is not favoring himself or any other driver with similar experience as a favorite for the race.
“I really don’t think anyone has an advantage going there. I guess, maybe, the only small advantage that a guy like Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) or Christopher (Bell) or myself might have is being able to read a track’s surface and how it’s changing. Open-wheel cars are so much lighter and have a lot more power than a Cup car. So, the style of racing will be way different.”
While Larson may be back in the Cup Series after months of absence, he is not lowering his expectations to succeed from the first year with Hendrick Motorsports.
“I would be very disappointed if we went all season long without a win,” he said. “I really don’t think that’s the case. I think we will be able to win at some point. I hope we’re clicking at the right time, and when the playoffs roll around, we’re ready to go.
“Chase Elliott proved last year that you maybe didn’t have the strongest regular season, but when it mattered, there wasn’t a better team out there, as far as executing. I hope we can at least do what they did.”
Larson will be turning his attention towards the Daytona 500 in the next few weeks.