Fresh off a dominant performance in USAC Midget Racing, having swept three main events in California, Kyle Larson scoffed at the notion NASCAR Cup Series racing isnât just as much fun to him.
âIf it was work, I wouldnât do it,â Larson said. âI tell people all the time, yeah, the moneyâs great, but if I wasnât having fun, I wouldnât be doing this. I would have gotten out of this a long time ago. I enjoy the travel. I enjoy the race cars. I enjoy the rules changes.
âI enjoy the competition â just the lifestyle. I enjoy everything about NASCAR. People probably think, because I go back and race dirt cars, that I do it because I donât love NASCAR, and I need to get away and do something fun, but I have fun every single weekend.â
Clearly at the top of the game on dirt, Larson hasnât won in stock cars with the same frequency he has achieved in open-wheel cars.
But thereâs a reason for that: more variables.
âI think itâs just more situational in NASCAR,â Larson said. âThere are a lot of other factors that lead into how you finish. In dirt, when youâre out there, youâre not worried about a pit stop or a double-file restart or a 500-lap race. Itâs just 30 laps, and thereâs a lot less stuff that can happen to affect your race, because it is so much shorter.
âYou can control your own destiny a little bit better. âŠ I feel like Iâve got everything it takes to win in the Cup Series. We did it in 2017. Our race cars were really good then. Our pit crew was on it. So itâs just more situational, I guess.â