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When Larson finally gets into the No. 42 he’ll be paired with crew chief Chris "Shine" Heroy, who spent the past two seasons with Montoya. He’s tested with Larson so far and has an idea of what he’ll be working with next season.
"I see him being one of those guys who takes the first half of the race figuring out what he’s got, and the second half of the race going to the front," Heroy said, comparing Larson to Kevin Harvick.
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"It’s our job to mold him and help him, but let him do his thing. I’ll never tell him how to drive. But it’s our job to tell him what other people are doing and what we see out there, but it’s always going to be our decision."
Heroy does have one big task in front of him: Larson has been up front all year about his lack of knowledge about stock cars. He more or less shows up to drive them and isn’t able to offer much in terms of setup help.
Heroy found that out firsthand during their first test together when he sent Larson a packet of data in advance. As the two then drove the track together in a street car, Heroy asked Larson about the information and the driver couldn’t answer.
"I asked him, ‘Did you get the information I sent you?’ and he said ‘Yeah, I don’t know how to read data,’ " Heroy said."I just laughed and said, ‘OK, we’ll work on that." It’s easy. Not difficult. I’d rather he be up front and we know that’s something we’ve got to work on with him."
Larson’s succeeding to date by doing everything by feel. He’ll have raced close to 80 events by the end of the year, and plans to leave Charlotte as soon as the weekend ends for a sprint car race in California.
He doesn’t want to study data or go over notes. Larson just wants to race as much as he can.
"I just want to get out there and see how it goes, see if I’m slow or I’m fast," Larson said.
Nationwide Series • Kyle Busch raced to his 11th Nationwide Series victory of the year Friday night, giving him a season sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
Busch edged Nationwide series title contenders Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. to win for the eighth time in the series at Charlotte. Busch has a record 62 Nationwide victories.
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