Almost every NASCAR season is an unknown, a well known or a rarely known who is going to make an impact on their careers one way or another. Even if it may take them 10-15 years to become one of the elite, they will reach that threshold. Martin Truex Jr did so in three years as a single car driver with Furniture Row Racing and even made the Championship 4 in two of the first three years under the previous playoff format. One day this young driver could be among the four.
Kyle Larson is having what is to be a career season in 2017 for Chip Ganassi Racing. Since winning his first career race at Michigan last season, it was imminent he would begin to move up the competition ladder. With a new corporate sponsor taking over the series, it has been the era of the young guns looking to make their presence known among the veterans. While Chase Elliott is doing the same but yet to win a race, Larson is already making us forget Jimmie Johnson and almost Kyle Busch.
In seven races, Larson has finished in the top two in five of them and won recently at Fontana giving him his second career win. Since Larson finished ninth in points in 2016, Chip Ganassi has hardly seen any kind of momentum overall since Sterling Marlin finished third in 2001. Larson leads in points and Jamie McMurray is ranked eighth which is a rare occurrence for the team overall. It is already safe to say that Larson is the biggest young gun and named the dark horse for 2017.
If Truex can put Furniture Row Racing on NASCAR’s biggest stage, Larson can do the same for Ganassi. With Hendrick’s and Joe Gibbs’ early struggles, even if they do pick up the slack, Ganassi will still have a say just as long as Larson doesn’t start of slump of his own.