Transcripts: Kyle Larson – Pit Road Interview – 3.31.2024

Q. Kyle Larson ends up third after all of that. Take us back to the moment where it looks like you were loose, spun out, salvaged the great finish.

KYLE LARSON: Well, I was a little bit loose, then I got finished off there. Thankfully it all kind of just worked out. I only lost, whatever, a spot to Bubba, then to Byron there. I was able to keep it going.

Then my pit crew did a really good job to get us off pit road, getting us to our sponsors, restart fourth and gain one more.

I will take a third after what could have been a lot worse there on the frontstretch. Proud of the team, proud of Chevy, everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. It was a good weekend for us, getting the pole, winning a stage, getting back to third at the end. Happy about that.

Q. What happened between you and the 19 car?

KYLE LARSON: I think he was just mad. Like, he was mad that the 11 used him up on the restart. That’s probably where it really started from. Then the 22 got to his inside one and two. I got in behind the 22. He just turned left across my nose, had me up on the apron off of two.

I don’t know if he thought I just piled it in there. Then he door-slammed me down the middle of the backstretch. I figured in three and four I was going to use him up a little bit.

I think he is more mad at Denny, but I was the closest one to take his anger out on. I haven’t seen a replay either. I’m guessing the replay looks the way I kind of saw one and two, and then he’ll realize that and probably be all right.

Martin is probably the most respected guy in the garage area. So I was surprised when he turned left on me down the backstretch after the checkered.

It’s all good. I hope he doesn’t have any hard feelings to me because I definitely don’t towards him. Like I said, I got a lot of respect for him.