Rumors have already been swirling that Kyle Larson could potentially find himself a home at Stewart-Haas Racing if and when he’s ready for a return to the NASCAR Cup Series. There have been several people who have admitted that Stewart has expressed interest in hiring Larson, including Robin Miller.
A new audio clip of a podcast interview with Tony Stewart from CBS’ Matt Mayer, which was dropped to Twitter, will do little to cool the rumor mill when it comes to Larson possibly driving a SHR machine eventually.
In the interview, Stewart is vocal about his support of Larson and that NASCAR needs to lift his indefinite suspension.
“The kid was hot in NASCAR and was doing a great job. Then since his problems, he’s got in a Sprint Car and absolutely annihilated the Sprint Car field. So, I think if you gotta pick somebody right now, you gotta pick Kyle Larson,” Stewart explained. “But NASCAR has to get off their ass and do the right thing and give this kid an opportunity to get back in the car. I think he’s paid his penalty…”
Here is the full audio from Matt Mayer on Twitter in it’s entirety:
"I think it's time for NASCAR to get off their ass and do the right thing."
Tony Stewart says Kyle Larson has paid his penalty and wants to see him back in the Cup Series. pic.twitter.com/uQi0dTgDsm
— Matt Mayer (@MatthewMayerCBS) August 19, 2020
While this is in no-way a slam-dunk confirmation of Larson to SHR, it definitely builds a case that Stewart has a deep fondness for Larson’s driving talent.
Mayer states that his full 15-20 minutes podcast-style interview with Stewart will go live on Wednesday. If this clip is any indication, it’ll be well worth the listen.
Following this audio drop, Stewart also stopped by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to talk Larson. In this interview, Stewart extinguished the rumor flames of Larson to SHR a bit.
“We’ve got a full stable right now and I like the guys that we’ve got,” Stewart said. “It’s just a matter of giving them what they need to get the job done.”
ICYMI: @TonyStewart addresses the future of the #14 car at @StewartHaasRcng and the potential of Kyle Larson returning to #NASCAR @DanielleTrotta | @LarryMac28 | @SiriusXMNASCAR | #SXMOnTrack pic.twitter.com/3TaQwqP2a7
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) August 19, 2020
Larson was suspended by NASCAR and fired from Chip Ganassi Racing after uttering a racial slur during an iRacing event back in April, while the sport was shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Larson has since completed sensitivity training, and NASCAR confirmed to FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass on Wednesday that Larson has requested reinstatement, but then later clarified that Larson has not requested reinstatement, but has asked for information regarding to reinstatement.
Update: NASCAR says it has discussed with Larson about being reinstated and the procedures but Larson has not formally requested. https://t.co/GFKvvPeQoI
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 19, 2020
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