Kyle Larson will hit the Texas Motor Speedway alongside his cup rivals for the first race of the playoff, a round of 12. This will be the second time the track is featured this season in the cup. The track hosted the 2022 All-Star race mid-season where Ryan Blaney secured a million-dollar worth win.
The No:5 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 driver had won twice, both the All-Star Race and playoff Race, last year in Texas. Kyle Larson will be hoping to emulate his past success on the track this weekend. HMS car’s past dominance on the track gives him a sure edge over others.
The postseason demands drivers to be effective and efficient throughout if one has to make it to the championship-4 race. This calls for a cautious approach from the driver, which Kyle Larson embodies. Larson, in his recent media session ahead of the race week, has revealed his approach to the playoff race.
“Be clean and let the other teams make the mistakes,” Kyle Larson on his postseason approach
Kyle Larson acknowledges that driving calm and letting other teams make mistakes is his playoff mantra. He pointed out that the first couple of rounds doesn’t demand any crazy finishes from the driver. He added that from the round of 8 it’s important to finish inside the top 5 or secure a win.
“Be clean and let the other teams make the mistakes. Honestly, if you can just finish you don’t have to do anything crazy in the first couple of rounds. Don’t take yourself out of stage points or a good finish and you can advance. Once you get to the Round of 8, that’s obviously when you need to get some top-five finishes or a win,” Kyle Larson said.
Kyle Larson went on to say that one should not take himself out of the race or have a DNF. He suggested that such finishes aren’t worth it as there are slim chances for a win in the postseason. Kyle Larson pointed out that it’s important to keep oneself in contention in every race.
“You just don’t want to take yourself out of any race or get any DNF or anything like that where you put yourself in a must-win situation because winning is really difficult to do. You just want to keep yourself in contention every race,” Kyle Larson added.
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