It’s common practice these days to do a few burnouts after winning a race. But Kyle Larson capped off his first-ever Nationwide Series victory with a twist on the now-standard celebration: He did his burnouts while holding the steering wheel out the window of his No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet.
As it turns out, it’s not the first time that Larson has made the donuts in that particular fashion. In fact, he’s been doing that since his open-wheel, dirt-track days.
“The history behind it – in the Outlaw cars that I grew up racing, everybody did them,” Larson said after winning today’s TreatMyClot.com 300. “My sister’s ex-boyfriend probably did them the best, so she doesn’t really like to see me do them.”
“But nobody did them in stock cars, so once I got here, I did it when I won the K&N championship at Rockingham [and] I did it when I won the Truck race at Rockingham.”
After doing the no-wheel burnouts last year in the aforementioned Camping World Truck Series race, Larson says NASCAR had a chat with him about not doing those anymore.
Obviously, however, Larson couldn’t resist this afternoon as he ripped through the infield grass.
“I just won my first Nationwide race, so I’ll do whatever I want,” he said. “And if I win the Cup race, I’ll probably do the same thing.”
You can check out Larson’s handiwork at 1:53 of the clip above.
It’s known as “Carburetor Day” – or in its simplest term, just “Carb Day.”
But the final day of on-track action Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is so much more.
Especially on NBCSN, which will have wall-to-wall live coverage starting Friday morning.
Here’s how Friday’s schedule breaks down:
- 11 a.m. ET: Carb Day kicks off with the final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500. The session will last one hour in length.
- 12 p.m. ET: We’re going racing! Strap in for coverage of the Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 on the famous Brickyard.
- 1:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have coverage of the annual IndyCar Pit Stop Challenge. Which teams have the best – and most importantly, fastest and accurate – pit crews? Team Penske has won 10 of the last 12, including the last two years edging out Schmidt Peterson Motorsports each time. Who can potentially beat them this year?
- 3:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have our annual NASCAR America Motorsports Special. Among segments included in the 90-minute show will be:1) 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will discuss how it used to upset him when people suggested he “backed into” his big win and how he didn’t really feel vindicated until he qualified on the front row for last year’s race.
2) Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, the first Japanese driver to ever win at Indianapolis, discusses the impact of his big win personally and professionally, particularly back in his native land.
3) An essay by Robin Miller on Stefan Wilson giving up his ride last year to allow Fernando Alonso to race for Andretti Autosport.
4) An essay by Nate Ryan on Danica Patrick as she looks to compete in her final Indy 500 before retiring from professional racing.