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Why He's Here
Without question, Kyle Larson has had the best start of the eight Sprint Cup rookies in 2014. While there was concern that he was too young (21) and didn't have enough experience coming into the season, he's more than shown critics that he's the real deal.
With three top-five and six top-10 finishes in his first 14 starts, Larson is at the doorstep of Victory Lane. His first win is arguably right around the corner. We wouldn't be surprised to see him win Sunday at Michigan, given how well he did at the track's twin, Fontana, earlier this season (he finished second).
Key 2014 Stats
Larson is 10th in the Sprint Cup standings heading into Michigan. His key stats include completing 99 percent of all laps this season, a 14.3 finishing average per race, just one DNF and the aforementioned three top-fives and six top-10 finishes. That he's ranked higher than many Sprint Cup veterans—including former champions like Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch, as well as guys like Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer—says a lot about just how good Larson truly is.
Oh yes, one more thing: He's only going to get better!
Larson is definitely on a fast track, both on the race track and off. In the last week, he moved into a massive mansion (his first home) and announced Friday on Twitter that he will be a father by year's end.
Larson has proved he has what it takes to succeed in Sprint Cup, and given where he's at in the standings currently, he has a legitimate chance to not only make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but also to win at least a couple of races and end the season with a top-15 finish in the standings.
This kid is the real deal, and if he continues to impress, he could be NASCAR's next superstar and a champion-in-waiting.