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Kyle Larson on Future

Kyle Larson joined Winged Nation following his win with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. He will return in action again this weekend at Lake Ozark Speedway.

Larson, who lost his ride in the NASCAR Cup Series last month for using a racial slur in an iRacing event, is back driving the No. 57 sprint car for his good friend Paul Silva. He was approved to race by the Outlaws after completing sensitivity training.

"Paul means so much to me," Larson said. "We’ve had a lot of success together. I just believed in everything that he does. I don’t think there’s another crew chief-car owner out there that’s better than him and smarter than he is about, you know, owning and running all the business side of the of the race team. He’s stuck with me now for so long and I hope we can both still have a long career together."

"I obviously have gone through a lot here lately and, you know, lost a lot of my partners, which I fully understand but the ones who stuck by me it means the world," Larson said. "To have that support from people. That’s what’s really helped me to kind of get by and stay positive through this all. It’s been life-changing no doubt, but the support of everybody is like I said, it’s really helped get me by."

While dirt racing will be his focus for now, Larson hopes to have another opportunity in the Cup Series in the future.

"I’m just happy to be racing race cars right now," Larson said. "It’s been weird watching the NASCAR stuff on TV. But I also hope that I’ll still be able to have another opportunity to race in Cup someday. So, you know, taking this time to watch and still study and stay relevant in my own mind. That way whenever an opportunity comes up I’ll be ready to take full advantage of that opportunity and do a good job."

After Lake Ozark Speedway, Larson has the next four weeks planned out for racing.

"Past the next four weeks I don’t know what races there are even planned in the world right now," Larson said. "Paul and I we just kind of plan on hitting whatever races make the most sense to us."