Larson should compete for Sprint Cup rookie honours

Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR...

Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014. (Todd Warshaw/Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

Almost missed in all the hoopla of Austin Dillon’s Daytona 500 pole-winning run this past Sunday was the emergence of another contender for NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie of the year honours — Kyle Larson.

As compelling as the Dillon story was — with the return of the iconic black No. 3 Chevrolet — Larson’s is just as interesting.

The 21-year-old from Elk Grove, Calif., wasn’t even racing stock cars two years ago.

Larson made his mark in USAC sprint, midget and Silver Crown racing, the same route taken by NASCAR champions Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, among others.

In his first season in the Nationwide series in 2013 he had zero wins (the same as Jimmie Johnson by the way) but did have four second-place finishes and top-10 finishes (17) in more than half his starts.


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