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“I got in the back of him and spun him coming to the checkers, which was not very nice, and I got a lot of criticism for that and people lost a lot of respect for me for that,” Larson said. “I care because people who are huge backers of me and said I’m the greatest driver ever, now one incident and all of a sudden I am the worst race car driver ever. That’s not how I race. But I watched videos, a little bit of races at Bowman-Gray, to get prepared and it seemed like every video I watched if the guy in second place was close, they won.

“I did what I thought I had to do to win the race. Looking back, I made a mistake in how I went about it. I wouldn’t go back and not try to win the race, but I would probably do something a little different.”

If he really had a do-over on Daytona, though, Larson would want the talk to be about how well he was running in the Nationwide race before the final accident, and how he ran in six different cars in seven days. He won twice, counting a victory in a midget race at New Smyrna.

“It was definitely an up and down Speedweeks, but I ran six different race cars and not many people get to do that in their career. I got to do it in a week-and-a-half,” Larson said.