The Backstretch Blog: Kids in America
Kids these days. I mean look at what young NASCAR drivers are doing. What were you doing at 23 (the age of Joey Logano) or 21 (the age of Kyle Larson)?
As one watches Logano finally find his NASCAR grove, it’s hard to not start making the comparisons between him and the NASCAR rookie Larson. While the verdict is still out on Larson, I think we can all agree both made their debuts on the NASCAR Sprint Cup series level earlier than expected.
Logano, nicked named ‘Sliced Bread’ because he was supposed to be the greatest thing since, has taken every bit of his six years in cup before he seems to finally be living up to that nickname.
"Did I start too soon? Yeah, no doubt I did," Logano told reporters at Dalrlington. "But it is an experience that I value a lot right now, because I am 23 years old with six years of experience behind me, and there is nobody else out here who has that. I am thankful for that opportunity and the tough times I went through to figure it out.”
Larson, though three years older than Logano in his NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie season, also got to the sport’s top series quicker than expected and often gets asked if it is too much too soon. He however has a different answer.
“I’m glad I’m in the cup series,” said Larson, who would be leading the Nationwide series standing if he was running in NASCAR’s second level. “And I get to run the Nationwide series as well. I’ve been doing a pretty good job in the cup series so far.”
And that’s true, he has. Larson currently sits 13th in the standings. That’s ahead of drivers like Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer. Nine races into the season, it’s hard to call that an anomaly.
Who knows where Larson’s career will take him, but if Logano is ‘Sliced Bread’, then Larson is “Electricity” not only because he has been a spark for a struggling Gannassi Racing organization, but also because he appears to be the greatest thing since…you know.
“I just want to go out there and do the best job I can,” said Larson. “I’ve been doing a pretty decent job of it so far. We’ve been fast every race. We are inching our way up in the points standings, trying to make the Chase at the end of the year and beat Austin (Dillon) for rookie of the year.