Larson looking to continue Chili Bowl success | Sports News

Watch as Kyle Larson as wins the 35th Annual Chili Bowl. Ian Maule/Tulsa World

It took Kyle Larson 13 years to win his first Chili Bowl in 2020. Since then, there has been no stopping him.

For the last two years, the Chili Bowl has been the starting point for a pair of remarkable seasons that culminated in Larson winning the 2021 NASCAR Cup championship.

Larson is back in Tulsa, looking for a third Golden Driller this weekend and, if the past means anything, another win could mean another amazing season.

“You would like to think so, but I also would like to think that if I didn’t win the Chili Bowl I could still have a good season,” Larson said during Monday’s Chili Bowl press conference.

“It has been a great couple of years starting off with a win at the Chili Bowl. It really helps your confidence leading into the other racing.”

After winning here in 2021, Larson picked up over 30 wins in 79 events — racking up sprint car and midget victories with USAC, All Star Circuit of Champions and World of Outlaws. He won in Dirt Late Models while also logging 10 NASCAR Cup wins.

Larson takes it all in stride.

“I think when I get 20 years down the road, that is when you can appreciate it even more,” he said. “Especially these last two seasons that I have had. I have been very fortunate to be with great mechanics, great sponsors, great cars and partners. Without them I would not have had the seasons that I have had.”

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