Not many active NASCAR Cup Series drivers have extensive experience racing on dirt tracks. It’s a different case with Kyle Larson, though. The Team Hendrick Motorsports driver is among the favorites to win this weekend’s Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track in part because of he’s had success racing on such tracks before.
But Larson also wants to see a major improvement in NASCAR when it comes to racing on dirt. He wants NASCAR to take the windshields out of the equation if they are to continue having such races in the future.
Via the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (h/t Zach Sturniolo of NBC Sports):
“I guess the way that I look at it (is) if we’re not going to take the windshields out, then why are we racing on dirt?” Larson said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “We just shouldn’t race on dirt if we’re not going to take the windshields out and actually have a dirt race with moisture in the track and being able to produce a real dirt race. I feel like we’re just wasting everybody’s time a little bit and not giving the fans and competitors what we all deserve.
“So in my opinion, if we’re not going to take the windshields out, we might as well just never put dirt on Bristol again – which I’m all for not putting dirt on Bristol whether we have windshields or not. I think the racing at Bristol is amazing just as normal.”
Nevertheless, Larson will look to nail his second win of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season this Sunday. Larson had a disappointing race in the 2021 edition of the Food City Dirt Race, as he finished just 29th overall without a single lap led.
So far this season, Larson has three top 5s across eight starts. The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion last won a race in February, topping the field in the 2022 Wise Power 400 at the Auto Club Speedway.