Kyle Larson got his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday and celebrated by doing a burnout without his steering wheel attached to the car.
(The burnout comes with about 40 seconds left in the video above.)
Larson held off Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in a thrilling final segment to the Nationwide Series race at ACS as Busch and Harvick took turns trying different lines to pass Larson, who maintained his lead via the highest groove possible on the racetrack.
It may be the best final 10 laps to a non-restrictor plate Nationwide race you'll see all season.
After he beat Harvick and Busch to the checkers, Larson spun his car around and around in the infield at ACS as he held his steering wheel out the window, a celebration he says NASCAR asked him not to do after winning a truck race in 2012.
(You may be wondering how Larson is steering the car without the wheel attached. Similar to Busch's burnouts while leaning out the window, a driver can manipulate the car with the throttle, clutch and brakes.)
“NASCAR did have a talk with me, But you know, I just won my first Nationwide race; I’ll do whatever I want," he said. “And if I win the Cup race, I’ll probably do the same thing.”
If NASCAR did tell Larson it didn't want him doing the style of celebration, the reprimand certainly didn't stop the sanctioning body from promoting it on Twitter after the race.
If it's the first of many wins for the 21-year-old driver in NASCAR's top two series like many predict, we'll see if NASCAR's apparent warning has any teeth. The sanctioning body's social media department certainly hopes it doesn't.
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