One Year Anniversary: One year ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson made his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start en route to Rookie of the Year honors and the 2013 championship title. Starting sixth and finishing ninth that day, Larson picked up experience on the half-mile bull ring that he hopes will assist him this weekend in the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300.
“I know the Nationwide car will be different from the K&N car, but I think it will still take me less time to get used to everything and get up to speed since I’ve raced there before,” Larson explained. “It’s nice for me and the whole team when we go to a track I’ve been to, because it just gives us more time to fine tune the setup.”
Looking Back: Rolling to the track where the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports team claimed the organization’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) win two years ago, rookie Kyle Larson had high hopes entering Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dialing in the Clear Men Camaro after the first two pit stops, Larson took the lead on lap 87, but was pushed up into the retaining wall and sustained heavy right side damage. After repairs, he was nearing the finish when another incident on the backstretch terminated his day and served him a 32nd place finish.
Now Appearing: Larson will join several NASCAR drivers at the Food City Race Night at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, March 15. The event will feature drivers, show cars, simulators, souvenir trailers, entertainment and much more. Larson will be signing autographs for fans from 6:30-7:30 pm.
Autism Speaks: Larson and crew chief Trent Owens will attend Speeding for a Cure on Tuesday, March 12th, as special guests of Brian and Amy France, who will be honored at the special gala benefiting the autism community. Larson and Owens, among other NASCAR drivers and notables, will help raise funds and awareness for Autism Speaks and the Gillen Brewer School through the event.
This Week’s Camaro: Trent Owens and the No. 32 Cottonelle Chevy Camaro team have prepared chassis TSM-323 for competition this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Camaro last saw NNS competition with Larson behind the wheel just two weeks ago at Phoenix International Raceway, recording a 13th place finish.
Crew Chief Keys: Familiarity with Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend will not only benefit 20-year-old Larson, but will also be an advantage to the entire No. 32 Cottonelle team. Encouraged by the speed and progress the team has shown thus far, Trent Owens anticipates a solid weekend at the Tennessee track.
“The No. 32 team and I are glad to be going to Bristol Motor Speedway since this is one of the tracks Kyle has raced on before,” Owens explained. “I feel like we are really close to having some strong showings, and we had a much better Camaro than what our finish showed last weekend at Las Vegas. Kyle has adapted to the Nationwide Series cars in a short amount of time; we are very happy where we are as a team right now.”
Kyle Larson on Bristol Motor Speedway: “Bristol is one of my favorite tracks that I’ve been to so far, and I think the race will be awesome. I had a lot of fun racing side by side with everyone, and the racing almost reminds me of the feel of dirt track racing. I’m really looking forward to this weekend and getting a good finish with the Cottonelle Camaro.”