Aug 3, 2014; Long Pond, PA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (42) leans on his car prior to the start of the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Getting to Know the New Kids - Kyle Larson #42

Kyle Larson is the new guy on the NASCAR scene that makes me think maybe the “Drive for Diversity” is not a huge croc. This kid has done exceedingly well in every vehicle he has raced.

Super fun fact about Larson is that I have baseball cards older by a few years just laying around my house. He was born July 31, 1992, in Sacramento, California.

He was actually the Rookie of the Year in the Nationwide Series just last year so if he were to be chosen for the same honor in the Sprint Cup this year he has had some practice.

I reckon while writing this piece I should disclose that I am totally biased about this kid. I really see a great deal of potential in him.

Currently Larson is driving the Number #42 Target Chevy SS for Chip Ganassi Racing. Of the 25 races he has run in NASCAR’s main event series he has earned nine top 10s and a pole position. Not shabby in the slightest.

Legend (read: Wikipedia) has it that Kyle was attending his very first race with his parents within a week of his birth. He started racing go karts at the ripe old age of seven.

In 2012 he was signed for the racing season by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing; in February he made his first full bodied stock car start and went on to win the event.

When Larson won his very first truck race at Rockingham Speedway he went out and did donuts after removing his steering wheel. Dollars to doughnuts that is what this lady calls some World of Outlaws racing. He acquired the practice while he raced go karts years earlier but it sure did look sweet when he was spinning at Rockingham.

Aside from racing Larson is expecting a child with his fiancé Katelyn Sweet, who is the sister of fellow NASCAR driver Brad Sweet.

Let’s see how he does this weekend at the Glen. I know all the other drivers will be on the lookout for him and so should you.

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