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Kyle Larson Affirms Elite Talent with Incredible Weekend in Fontana

When Chip Ganassi chose Kyle Larson to replace Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42 Target Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it likely resulted in a number of raised eyebrows. Here was a 21-year-old kid from Northern California, who had spent exactly one season in the Nationwide Series, finished eighth, didn't win a race but had nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 33 starts. And that was enough to justify a promotion and jump up to NASCAR's elite circuit? Sure, Larson had been an established driver—and winner—in go-kart, sprint car and midget racing, but racing in the Sprint Cup series is an entirely different situation. Yes, Larson was good and displayed obvious talent, but was he really ready to run fenders with NASCA...

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