Kyle Larson was “really mad” about finishing second on Monday at Bristol and was quickly trying to move on when he was met by his three-year-old son, Owen, in the motorhome.
“The first thing I heard when I walked in the bus was, ‘Oh, did you get me some Skittles?'” Larson said about the candy company that was plastered on race winner Kyle Busch’s car last weekend.
“I couldn’t help but laugh at that. That wasn’t what I wanted to hear but it kind of lightened the mood. It helps to get over it a little bit.”
The tale was part of a response Larson gave Friday morning when at Richmond Raceway when he was asked if he was mad about his finish.
“Oh, I was really, really happy to run second to Kyle Busch and get beat in the final six laps,” Larson deadpanned. “I love getting beat by Kyle Busch.”
Busch, of course, has won the last two Cup Series races at Bristol and has seven total wins there. Larson finished ninth in the summer race after leading 70 laps. However, Larson also trailed Busch across the finish line in the 2013, ’14 and ’15 spring Xfinity Series races at Bristol.
In eight Xfinity starts, Larson has an average finish of 6.2 at Bristol with 544 laps led. And while he has two poles, he’s still winless.
The Cup numbers for Larson at Bristol read similarly: Larson has five top-10 finishes, which includes three straight. He’s also led 562 laps but has not yet been to Victory Lane.
A second-place run on Monday was his career-best effort and Larson did lead the race’s most laps.
“Yeah, I was mad,” Larson said. “That’s as close as I’ve come to winning a Cup race at Bristol. I don’t want to compare Bristol to any other races because that seems to get me in trouble when I compare races to races, but I want to win extremely bad at Bristol. That one stung probably more than any Cup win I can think of at this point.
“Every single time I race at Bristol, I go head-to-head with Kyle. Even though I might not win and run second to him every time or whatever, throughout the majority of a race it’s always him and I nose to tail in lapped traffic, which is a lot of fun. But he seems to come out on the better end of it with wins and all that stuff. So yeah, it sucked.”
The good news for Larson is he is the most recent winner at Richmond, the site of this weekend’s event.