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Kyle Larson applies for NASCAR reinstatement after using racial slur

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former NASCAR driver Kyle Larson has applied for reinstatement to attempt to drive in the sport once again. NASCAR officials indicated that Larson applied for reinstatement earlier in the week.

He was kicked out of NASCAR following a racial slur on Easter Sunday in an iRacing event. In the days following his action, several sponsors pulled their funding away from the talented driver.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson stands on the grid during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400
Kyle Larson stands on the grid during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Then, two days later, when the sponsors exited the team, Chip Ganassi Racing had no choice but to fire Larson.

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Following his departure from NASCAR, he had one of the best Sprint Car seasons any driver has ever had in the sport. Matt Kenseth came out of retirement to replace Larson in the No. 42 Chevrolet.

As part of his requirement to potentially come back to NASCAR, Larson had to complete sensitivity training.

The Elk Grove, California native has six career wins in 223 NASCAR starts. He had four wins during the 2017 season.

In addition, Larson also had a win in 2016 and another win in 2019. Three of his wins came at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

The other three wins came at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California; Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia and Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.

Larson’s last win in NASCAR came in the 2019 Drydene 400 on October 6, 2019, at Dover International Speedway in Dover. He held off New Jersey native Martin Truex Jr. to get the win in the Clover ride for Chip Ganassi Racing.

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Besides winning six races, Larson also has 56 Top 5 finishes and 101 Top 10 finishes. He also started eight races from the pole.

In his career, he has an average start of 13.7 and an average finish of 15.0. Since replacing Larson, Kenseth — who last competed in NASCAR in 2018 before coming back in May — had an average start of 17.9 after coming out of retirement and finished 20.2.

Only once did Kenseth finish in the Top 5 when he finished second at the 2020 Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 on July 5th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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