Kyle Larson Heats Up Start to 2021 Race Season With Back-to-Back Chili Bowl Victories

(Photo Credit: Joe Orth.)
Chili Bowl
(Photo Credit: Joe Orth.)

There are few drivers who have seen the kind of comeback story that motorsports star Kyle Larson has experienced over the last few months. After being shunned by the powers that be in NASCAR for making a mistake, Larson refused to give up on his racing career. Thanks to his passion and persistence, Larson has been blowing up dirt tracks across the nation and as he begins to prepare for his return to stock car racing in 2021, the California born driver kicked off his comeback season with his second victory at this weekend’s 2021 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire.

Much like last year’s Chili Bowl race, Larson started inside the top-5 alongside three-time Chili Bowl winner Christopher Bell. Although he would have to be forced to start behind the driver who would be his biggest challenge in Saturday night’s 55 Lap feature, Larson would power ahead of Justin Grant following the wave of the green flag.

As the opening laps would continue in the dirt racing world’s Super Bowl of Sprint Car Midget Racing, Larson would stick it to the competition. By Lap 26 Larson’s MAVTV No. 1 ran into lapped traffic, which gave both pole sitter Grant as well as fellow NASCAR star Christopher Bell the chance to chase down Larson.

After the wave of the green flag, Larson took off and left the field in the dust. That is until Bell decided to chase down Larson. With five laps to go, Bell turned under Larson off turn four and caused his nemesis to bank the wall. With the final laps winding down Bell began looking for his opportunity, that is until an attempt sent the former Chili Bowl victor flipping violently into the fence. Although Bell would walk away unharmed, he would have to watch Larson drive away with his second helping of Chili Bowl Golden Driller victory.

“This win feels awesome, especially for the second time,” said Larson. “Many of us thought we might not even compete at this race this year because of the pandemic. Hats off to Emmett Hahn and everyone else with this event. It is the greatest event in the world, and I am incredibly lucky to be a part of it. I can think of no better way to kick off the 2021 race season.”

Congrats go out again to Larson and his hard-working race team. Stay tuned to for continued dirt racing updates.

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