Thursday, August 10th, 2017


30-Minute Special Chronicles Three-Time NASCAR Cup Series Winner Kyle Larson’s Road to Racing


Hosts Kyle Petty and Rutledge Wood Join Larson for a Tour of His Hometown of Elk Grove, California

Racing Roots Airs Immediately Following NBCSN’s NASCAR Cup Series Coverage from Michigan International Speedway


STAMFORD, Conn. August 10, 2017 – NBCSN will present Kyle & Rut’s Racing Roots: Kyle Larson, a 30-minute special chronicling three-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Kyle Larson’s road to professional racing, this Sunday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Kyle & Rut’s Racing Roots will air immediately following NBCSN’s coverage of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from Michigan International Speedway. Sunday’s episode marks the one-year anniversary of Larson’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win.


Hosted by auto racing icon and NASCAR on NBC analyst Kyle Petty, and NASCAR on NBC’s resident automobile aficionado Rutledge Wood, the NBC Sports original program provides fans with an in-depth look at the people, places and events which helped inspire Larson’s success in motorsports.


The driver of Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet, brings Petty and Wood back to his hometown of Elk Grove, California, where his auto racing career began. From visits to his childhood home, local dirt track, and favorite Chinese restaurant, Larson brings Petty and Wood through his humble racing roots. During a visit to Cycleland Speedway, Larson relives his early racing days, as he challenges Petty to a dirt race in outlaw karts. In addition, the special features interviews with Larson’s parents, friend and fellow driver Rico Abreu, and former sprint car owner Dave Vertullo.


“It was a lot of fun bringing Kyle and Rut back to my Northern California roots,” said Larson. “Being able to share my journey and stories from my early racing career really brought back some neat memories. As a seven-year-old kid, messing around on a dirt track, I would never have dreamed I would be standing where I am today.”


As part of NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2017 NASCAR season, Kyle & Rut’s Racing Roots is an on-going series that dives deep into the hometown stories of NASCAR’s biggest stars. The 30-minute documentaries peal back the on-track exterior to showcase the hometowns, teachers, coaches and friends that helped shape today’s superstars.


A preview of Sunday’s special is available here.


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