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Title: I met this nice young man a few years ago at the Brickyard 400 at Indy (My title)
Source: NASCAR
URL Source: https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2 ... -with-cup-series-championship/
Published: Nov 7, 2021
Author: NASCAR
Post Date: 2021-11-07 19:43:59 by Esso
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Views: 48
Comments: 7

[Spoiler] The championship comes a year and a half after Larson used a racial slur (the dreaded N-word, in jest) while competing in an iRacing event during the pandemic shutdown in April 2020. Larson was suspended from NASCAR, lost his job driving Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet and did not race in NASCAR again until this year after being reinstated in October 2020 (with Hendrick Motorsports, the late Dale Earnhardt's (#3) ride).

Kyle Larson caps dominant season with Cup Series championship (The NASCAR Cup is kind of a big deal)

Kyle Larson, the season’s most dominant driver in the NASCAR Cup Series from start to finish, completed his run to the top by winning the 2021 championship Sunday at Phoenix Raceway.

Larson finished ahead of his fellow Championship 4 contenders — defending champion Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin — at the 1-mile track to claim the crown in his first season driving the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Larson, 29, from Elk Grove, California, took his career to a new level in 2021. The veteran driver more than doubled his career wins total this season, entering ’21 with six since his first full-time season.

By essentially every measure, 2021 marked Larson’s best season — and one of the best in modern NASCAR history. He’s one of just 17 drivers to win eight or more times in a year at the top level, joining a host of NASCAR Hall of Famers to do so.

Larson started out the 2021 season with a 10th-place finish at the Daytona International Speedway before picking up his first win since 2019 just three races later at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. From there, it quickly became evident he would be a force this season.

The No. 5 driver put together the best three-race stretch of anyone this year from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Nashville Superspeedway, winning a crown jewel, his first road-course victory and the inaugural Cup race at the Music City track. He added another over the summer, holding off Hendrick teammate Chase Elliott for another road win at Watkins Glen International before scoring another three in the playoffs (Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Roval, Texas Motor Speedway) leading up to Phoenix. Larson also won at Texas earlier this year in the All-Star Race.

Larson is signed on again to drive for Hendrick next year, along with his three ’21 teammates, positioning the longtime organization to once again compete for the title as NASCAR enters its Next Gen era.

The championship comes a year and a half after Larson used a racial slur while competing in an iRacing event during the pandemic shutdown in April 2020. Larson was suspended from NASCAR, lost his job driving Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet and did not race in NASCAR again until this year after being reinstated in October 2020.

The championship is Larson’s first at the national series level, though he also has a 2012 title in what was then the K&N Pro Series East. He has 12 wins in 108 career Xfinity Series starts, with two victories in 14 races in the Camping World Truck Series.

This story will be updated.


Poster Comment:

Kyle is a Japanese-American that identifies as an American man. When I briefly met him he was very soft spoken and polite. Well, he made a little slip in jest, lost his woke sponsors, had his NASCAR hard card (license) pulled for the rest of the bullshit scamdemic year.

He came back with a vengeance. I thought Tony Stewart picked him up, but apparently it was Rick Hendrick. Tony was instrumental in getting NASCAR to let him back in, but my interest in NASCAR waned after the whole Bubba Wallace "noose hoax" (garage door pull) at Talladega, AL whenever.

The kid had tears in his eyes during his victory celebration/lap. Double ++ Good.

Let's Go Brandon!

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Whatever year it was when I was down there, it was miserable hot. The old gal I was with, and bought the tickets for my birthday, almost died from the heat, even though the only thing I packed in the little cooler was frozen water bottles. I had to get her out of there early. It was horrible. I think Kyle Busch won that year.

She had shit tickets anyway off of the inside of turn one. I pulled some strings with some folks in the auto industry that I'd worked with beforehand and got garage access before the race. That's when I met Kyle Larson briefly. He was a nice kid. I'd never been close to a NASCAR car before, but those things are ticky- tacked together shit. Indy racers they weren't. They look good on Teevee I guess.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-11-07   20:19:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Esso (#1)

NASCAR ~ why weld it when a couple pop-rivets should hold.

“ On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. ” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-11-07   21:20:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Lod, 4um (#2) (Edited)

...why weld it when a couple pop-rivets should hold.

I don't know if it was so much that, but there was something really "off" with the Nascars I looked at. The welding I saw was spot-on. No Caddys or Lincolns in the lot of them though. It was just weird.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-11-07   22:17:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Esso (#3)

The welding I saw

When I worked for Illinois State Highways at Northbrook yard, one of the trucks was going toward the mechanics bay. The brakes went out and the truck hit the door. the Mechanic, Al Fox, was under the hood of a truck and the door came down around him. I do not think anyone got written up since it was equipment failure.

After I got my transfer over to Arlington yard, Fox stopped by there to visit the Lead, Lead Worker since they both knew each other from Northbrook. But he did not remember me. How quickly they forget.

Mechanics had a different contract than the HMs and they work a lot more years for about the same pay before they can retire. The guy I know at Arlington who is the mechanic is still there over 20 years after I left.

But the new Engineer was a technician when I was at Northbrook. We had the overlay box for a month. He had a list and there were RED Xs in front of several locations. He looked at the list and scratched his head and says, "These must be the places we are supposed to do." We went out and did them.

A month later the contractors came in and tore them all out and paved the roads. Those were the places we were NOT supposed to do. It was a typical state SNAFU. We must have wasted 1,500 tons of asphalt on that one. We didn't care since we still got paid. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2021-11-07   22:50:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: All (#3)

Huh. All the derogatory shit about the young man has vanished like a fart in the wind... Gone.

Kyle Larson and Hendrick Motorsports are class acts. NASCAR, not so much...

Notes: Post-race inspection as well as the vehicle and engine teardown confirmed Larson as the race winner and champion. The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of driver Kyle Busch was found to have two lug nuts not and secure. The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of driver Denny Hamlin, the No. 2 Team Penske Ford of driver Brad Keselowski, the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford of driver Matt DiBenedetto, the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of driver Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Larson each had one lug nut not safe and secure. Fines to those respective crew chiefs will be assessed on the NASCAR penalty report, which is typically released on Tuesdays.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-11-07   23:05:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Esso (#5)

I thought they went to a single nut/wheel this year. If so, I can see where that could be a real problem if not secured.

“ On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. ” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-11-08   9:19:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Esso (#0)

I damn near orgasmed when "Bubba" Wallace hit the wall. Larson was forced to go to re-education camp to get back in NASCAR. Now he's won everything there is to win there, I'd love to see him go to Indycar. They don't seem to be as woke over there......

"The government ruling us draws its authority not from the principles of the Declaration of Independence, or even from the delegate powers listed in the U.S. Constitution, but rather from the war to re-conquer the independent South. That conflict, usually referred to by the artfully misleading title “Civil War,” established the fact that the government in Washington is willing to kill Americans in whatever quantity it deems necessary in order to enforce its edicts, and then sanctify the slaughter in the name of some suitably “progressive” social objective.

Rube Goldberg  posted on  2021-11-08   12:12:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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