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Momentum on Larson’s Side

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Rookie Kyle Larson comes into this Sunday’s Auto Club 400 with momentum of his first top-10 finish coming last weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

“Last week at Bristol was great for our Target Chevy and Cartwheel Chevy in the Nationwide Series. I’m excited to get here to California. It’s my home state. I grew up about six hours north of here so it’s a little bit of a home race for me. So I’m really looking forward to it. I’m hoping we have two good runs again. Definitely after the runs we had last weekend, it should help build a little bit more momentum. So I’m definitely excited about this weekend,” Larson told media members Friday from the track.

Some expected him to jump into a Sprint Cup car and immediately be fast and upfront. That’s something that hasn’t happened yet, but it’s not from the lack of trying.

“Nothing has really been easy. It’s all been tough. Everything is tough in the Sprint Cup Series. I got a glimpse of it last year being able to run four races so I understood how tough it was going to be this season. So nothing has really surprised me at all to start this season. Everybody races extremely hard all race long. The field is really tight. In Nationwide from what I was used to last year, it’s pretty spread out with the quality of the field and all that. In Cup, there are 25-30 drivers that are pretty fast. That’s what makes the Cup series really tough,” explained Larson.

Larson will look to improve on his career best finish this weekend. The Auto Club 400 can be seen Sunday on FOX, starting at 3 PM EST.