Kyle Larson promises to watch words after Hendrick Motorsports 'cheat' joke
Kyle Larson is backtracking the comments he made earlier this week as he jokingly implied Hendrick Motorsports cheats.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver apologized to Hendrick team owner Rick Hendrick immediately after the interview Tuesday, but now Larson is vowing to be more careful with his choice of words.
"I think I could be genuine with just using different words," Larson said Friday, per The Associated Press. "Maybe I should buy myself a thesaurus or something."
Larson caught the NASCAR world's attention when he said during a NBC Sports video interview: "I feel like Hendrick just plays games in a way with NASCAR and I feel like they always start the year kind of bad to show NASCAR that they're being nice and cooperating and following the rules and stuff and then it gets a couple months in and they start cheating and finding some speed."
The 26-year-old driver insists he was just joking, but later acknowledged how his words can come across differently in writing.
"In writing, it comes across totally different," Larson said. "I think that's where I got myself in trouble. I've just got to remind myself that it's hard to express tone and sarcasm and stuff through text. I just need to do a better job at that and probably choose better words.
"I think people like that I speak my mind, but I think I can speak my mind in a better way sometimes and choose my words a little bit more wisely. I want to be who I am, and I think fans and media members appreciate that. But at the same time, yeah, I think in our sport you have to be a little bit more thoughtful before you speak sometimes. That's something I need to get better at, and I'll work hard to do that."
Larson said he understand why people weren't laughing when he took a shot at a competitor and hopes everyone can move forward after his apology.
"I'd hope that people would forgive me or move on," Larson said. "I've talked to Mr. H, and I think we're both good to move on."