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And Larson was far from finished with raceway accidents. Two weeks after Daytona, Larson started 13th at Las Vegas but ended 32nd after a collision with Joey Gase and Ryan Sieg.

Larson’s latest brush occurred last weekend at Texas as he sped down the backstretch during a caution period. Larson’s tire blew and he veered left toward a truck that had come onto the raceway to help clean up the track. Larson slid between the truck and the wall, avoiding what could’ve been a terrible accident.

“Hopefully, I’m done with these crazy events and get known for running well,” he said, smiling.

There’s plenty of talent there. Larson finished a close second to Kyle Busch last month in the Nationwide race at Bristol. Larson is second in rookie series’ points and 11th overall among Nationwide drivers.

Larson showed those skills at Rockingham, outdueling veteran Joey Logano for the truck victory. The win for Larson, who is of Japanese-American heritage, was also the first in one of NASCAR’s national series for a graduate of the organization’s Drive for Diversity program.

Larson previously became the first NASCAR “D4D” competitor to win a NASCAR Touring championship. Driving for Rev Racing, Larson won last season’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year with two wins, eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 14 starts.

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France called the Rockingham victory an historic moment for the sport. “We applaud his tremendous talent and this landmark milestone for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program,” France said.

Trent Owens, Larson’s Nationwide crew chief, said Larson takes to race tracks quickly and puts in the work on and off the course to make that happen. “That’s one of the things he really excels at,” Owens said.

Larson’s simply hoping to make it through his debut Nationwide season. “It’s been up and down,” Larson said of the year. “We’ve been fast pretty much everywhere, but we just haven’t caught all the breaks we’ve needed.”