NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kyle Larson received some valuable experience and advice recently that could serve him well this weekend at Darlington Raceway.
Larson, along with Turner Scott Racing teammate Nelson Piquet Jr., participated in a private team test at the egg-shaped oval in April. Although Piquet had raced at the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the Darlington test was Larson’s first trip to the Track Too Tough To Tame.
“I thought that our test went okay, and it was good to get some laps at a tough track like Darlington,” said Larson, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader and driver of the No. 32 Chevrolet. “I got my first Darlington stripe, so maybe I’ll be lucky and have that part out of the way.”
While there, Larson received advice on how to navigate the challenging track from veteran NASCAR driver Todd Bodine, who won there in 2003.
With information from the test and advice from Bodine in hand, Larson is prepared for his first Darlington race and poised to make a run at the top 10 in the standings. He currently sits 12th, 95 points behind leader Regan Smith, and 20 points behind 10th-place driver Trevor Bayne.
In eight races this season, Larson has a runner-up finish at Bristol and two other top-10 finishes.