Kyle Larson is going to have to approach team owner Chip Ganassi like he was a teenager asking to use the family car, likely saying, “Please, Chip, please, can I, can I?”
What Larson has to ask his boss is to return Saturday to the Super Bowl of sprint car racing, the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa.
Leading from the first lap to the checkered flag, Larson won his A-Main sprint car race Wednesday at Knoxville, meaning he’s locked into the main event on Saturday night for the first time in his sprint car racing career.
“I’ve definitely got to have the conversation with him for sure,” Larson said, according to the Des Moines Register. “Listen, I want to so bad. I’ve never been this good in a sprint car in my career.”
But there’s one problem: the NASCAR Cup Series is racing at Michigan International Speedway this weekend.
Even so, Larson could do it logistically:
Following Saturday’s final Cup practice at MIS that ends at 12:20 p.m. ET (weather permitting), he’d have to hop a private plane to fly approximately 550 miles (about a two-hour flight) to Knoxville in time for hot laps, which begin around 7:45 p.m. ET, followed by the main event.
And Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at MIS — which Larson has won the last two there — doesn’t start until 3 p.m. ET.
It’s definitely doable … but it all depends on what Daddy Chip has to say.
“Nervous about the phone call, hopefully he’s listening,” Larson said, according to the Register. “If we could race Saturday night, man, that would be a dream come true.”