Young Kyle Larson is one of the best dirt oval racers in the country (if not the world) and stands as one of the fastest rising stars in NASCAR's top cup series. We asked him what is assuredly the most awkward question he's ever had to face in an interview.
It was all for a live chat with the Japanese-American 21-year-old driver, hosted right outside the half mile clay oval of Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Back in 2011 he became the second person ever to claim the 'triple crown' of sweeping all three races at the confusingly-titled Four Crown Nationals here at this track. He grew up a short drive from my hometown and he is by far my favorite driver. This was going to be the first time I'd meet him, maybe more as a fan than as a reporter, and I was looking forward to talking to him about understanding dirt racing, great tracks in podunk towns, and life in NorCal. Things took a turn for the weird as we opened up the comments for questions.