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Pros: Juan Pablo Montoya will not be back in the No. 42 Target Chevrolet of Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Instead, rookie Kyle Larson, the 21-year-old phenom, will be behind the wheel.
Larson has a lot to prove and a lot to show, but given his incredible talent, he could be at the right place and at the right time to show what he’s got.
He’s with a team that has struggled unmercifully for the last several years, and anything he does could potentially be an improvement.
Cons: Larson's age (21) is definitely working against him. Plus, even though he’s done well in other series, he is still very inexperienced.
He’s a great representative for primary sponsor Target, going for the youth market, but how will he fare against seasoned veterans like Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and six-time champ Jimmie Johnson?
Our biggest fear is Larson comes in with a big rep, quickly finds he can’t live up to it and continues to fall further and further behind.
He needed at least another year in the Nationwide Series in our mind, but when opportunity knocked, he had to answer.
Let’s hope he didn’t answer the wrong door.