Kyle Larson: 'For me, the Chili Bowl is bigger than the Daytona 500'
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Kyle Larson: 'For me, the Chili Bowl is bigger than the Daytona 500'

Jan. 12, 2018  |  News

Kyle Larson prefers dirt to asphalt and doesn’t hide the preference.

During a Wednesday night SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio appearance, Larson spoke in reverence about the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals and knew his comments were going to earn some scorn. The Chip Ganassi Racing Monster Energy Cup Series contender is currently preparing for Saturday night's Main Event after winning his Tuesday A-Main at the Tulsa Expo Center. Thus, he had time to promote the race.

"Everybody knows that I love dirt track racing, for me, the Chili Bowl is bigger than the Daytona 500," Larson said. "I know for some fans that may bum them out or make them thing I have a bad attitude about NASCAR racing, but I love it, and there are some special dirt races I want to win and the Chili Bowl is one of them."

He was initially asked where a Chili Bowl trophy would go in his trophy case and he admitted it would receive key placement.

"Well it’s small too, so it would definitely have to be up front, you can’t let the big ones block it, even if it was big it would probably be up front. Chili Bowl is, gosh, it’s up there with the top races I want to win,” he said of the Golden Driller trophy.

But as he expected, NASCAR fans took umbrage with his statement.

Others replied, wagering that beating 360 cars, the entry list for the Chili Bowl, was simply a bigger deal than beating 40 at Daytona.

Larson, well-known for his affinity for dirt-racing, recently became sole owner of his World of Outlaws Sprint Car team in 2018. He recently made headlines for stating a desire to race full-time on the Outlaws Tour once his Cup Series career comes to a close.

His NASCAR contract with Ganassi allows him to make only 25 dirt appearances a year.

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Tags:  Nascar Racing