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How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

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From villain to hero, Kyle Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, but his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines...

Redemption and resurrection – Kyle Larson’s NASCAR Cup title success at Phoenix on Sunday continues Hendrick Motorsports’ own comeback story as well as his personal narrative after being banned from the sport just over 18 months ago.

While Larson was in the wilderness, not knowing if he’d ever race at the top level in stock cars again, never mind win a title, Hendrick was knuckling down to get its own house in order.

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