The real deal: Rookie Larson continues to turn heads

Rookie Kyle Larson has been consistently fast all season in his No. 42 Target Chevrolet.

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How can anyone not be impressed with the weekend that rookie Kyle Larson had at Pocono?

He dusted the field there in the ARCA race by a wide margin.To be honest, it was almost unfair when you put Kyle Larson with a Ganassi car and Ganassi resources out there against the rest of the ARCA field. With the same breath, though, you also have to understand why they did it. The young man literally had never been to Pocono before. He needed the seat time.

The method to the madness paid off big-time on Sunday, when Kyle got a great fifth-place finish in the Sprint Cup race. He finds himself 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points. He’s racked up six top-10 finishes and three top-five finishes already in 14 races. Pocono isn’t a hard race track but it’s a race track you can get in trouble on.That race track is different than any we go to. Actually each of the three corners is different from each other. So it’s all about learning to adapt and get a feel of how to handle the track.

This young man did that Sunday. He just impresses everyone at each and every race. The truth be told, right now the folks who questioned Chip Ganassi’s thought process of bringing this young man right into the Cup series have to be feeling pretty foolish. This kid has done extremely, extremely well and definitely turned heads.

It’s interesting when you look at Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart or even Jimmie Johnson. Collectively none of those three did much in the lower-tiered NASCAR racing divisions. But once they got up to our premier series, the NASCAR Sprint Cup level, well, the rest is history as they say. I think we might be seeing an identical repeat of that here with young Kyle.

Kyle is making quite a case after only 14 races that he belongs in the Cup series. I’m not going to be the least surprised to see him win a race or even two before the season is out. As much as I like Austin Dillon’s chances, too, I think I will be surprised if Kyle doesn’t also win NASCAR Rookie of the Year.

Kyle Larson is just that good. He’s the real deal and that once again it is another example that the future of NASCAR is very, very bright.