Mr. Cool: Young Kyle Larson showed tremendous poise in Cali
Obviously, young Kyle Larson had the very best weekend of his young NASCAR career this past weekend. On Saturday, he won his very first Nationwide Series race at Fontana. Then on Sunday, he followed that up with a second-place finish to Sprint Cup Series winner Kyle Busch.
If you stop and think about what he did Saturday in the Nationwide race and the competition he beat, well, it was pretty impressive. There at the end, Kyle was racing two of the best drivers in the business — Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. Combined, those two have both won Nationwide Series championships. Collectively in Nationwide and Cup, they have something like 150 wins.
That 21-year-old-kid Larson was calm as a cucumber. He ran right up against the wall and never bobbled. Then the following day in the Cup race, Kyle was right there all day. When it came time to go and time to push all your chips to the middle of the table, Kyle jumped up there and pushed every chip he had to the center.
There actually was one point there on the backstretch with the move Kyle made that I said to myself, "This kid might just win this thing." Ultimately, Kyle Busch won the race, but you can’t ignore the talent that Kyle Larson has shown with no more NASCAR experience than he has.
He’s already won a Camping World Truck Series race. Now after last weekend at Fontana, he has added a Nationwide Series race to his win column. Now in fewer than 10 starts in our premier touring series, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, this young man has a second-place finish. There’s simply no question that it is pretty darn impressive.