Sport Kurt Busch says he's spoken to Kyle Larson and the disgraced NASCAR driver wants to make 'amends' after using racist language
Matt Kenseth replaces Kyle Larson at Chip Ganassi Racing
© LAT Matt Kenseth will celebrate his NASCAR comeback in 2020 There will be a surprising comeback in the 2020 NASCAR season: Matt Kenseth returns to the NASCAR House to join Chip Ganassi to control the number 42 Chevrolet Camaro. The 2003 Champion replaces Kyle Larson, who was fired by Ganassi after a racist statement at a Sim Racing event. Kenseth beat Ross Chastain in the race for the cockpit, who was considered the favorite for a NASCAR Cup.
- NASCAR driver Kurt Busch said Kyle Larson wants to make "amends" after he used a racial slur during a livestream in April.
- Larson was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR, dropped from his racing team, and lost a majority of his sponsors.
- Busch, who was teammates with Larson on Chip Ganassi Racing, said he has spoken to Larson and that Larson is doing the work he needs to do to return to the sport.
- Busch said he thinks Larson has a path back to the Cup Series because he is young and "a very talented racer."
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch said Kyle Larson wants to make "amends" and is doing the work he needs to do afterduring a livestream in April.
Police arrest man following bomb threats to Darlington Raceway
Darlington County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested a man accused of leaving threatening messages at Darlington Raceway. © Nigel Kinrade / NKP / Motorsport Images Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Throwback Toyota Camry and Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro DC Solar start Ahead of this weekend’s restarted 2020 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity seasons at the famed ‘Lady in black’ and ‘Too tough to tame’ 1.37-mile oval in South Carolina, the 46-year-old Michael Donavan Avin has been accused of leaving threatening phone messages on April 27.
During a livestream of a race on the driving simulator iRacing, Larson appeared unaware that he was broadcasting to all drivers in the virtual race.
"You can't hear me?" Larson said during the livestream. "Hey, n-----."
The comment prompted shock on the stream and was clipped around social media. Larson was, and lost a majority of his sponsors.
While speaking to Insider, Busch said he has been in contact with his former teammate, who Busch said wants to make "amends" for his language.
"I've talked to Kyle Larson a couple of times," Busch said. "You know, it's a sad situation, a very tough spot that he put the sport in. But I know that he has remorse and he knows that he wants to try to come back to a top-tier team and to try to make amends with everything that's going on."
Matt Kenseth not expecting ‘any kind of special treatment’ at Darlington
With many unknowns facing Matt Kenseth ahead of his first NASCAR start since 2018, he is embracing the "big challenge" presented by Darlington.Of the 40 drivers who are entered into Sunday’s Cup Series race at Darlington (3:30 p.m. ET on Fox), no one is more familiar with the “Lady in Black” than Matt Kenseth.
Busch did not elaborate on the details their conversations, but added: "I'm proud that he's applying the things that he needs to do to advance."
Larson recently returned to racing for the first time since using the slur, taking part in the World of Outlaws race at Knoxville Raceway. He finished 10th in the event.
Though Larson remains suspended by NASCAR, Busch said he sees a path back to the top-tier Cup Series for Larson.
"It depends, you know, there's so many different variables, and there's so many different roads and paths that you can go down. And time will tell." Busch said. "I think that time will be on his side in that he's, you know, in his twenties and that he's a very talented racer."
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Winners and losers after Coca-Cola 600 .
While Brad Keselowski celebrated his Coca-Cola 600 win, a number of drivers were wondering what might have been.Brad Keselowski — Late caution sent the Coca-Cola 600 into overtime. When Chase Elliott pitted, Brad Keselowski assumed the top spot. Keselowski held off the field to score his first Coca-Cola 600 win. He said he considers five Cup races as crown jewels: Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Southern 500, Brickyard 400 and the Bristol night race. He’s won them all but the Daytona 500.