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Larson, of Japanese-American descent, got the attention of NASCAR president and CEO Brian France after the Rockingham victory. France called the win a landmark for stock car racing.

“We applaud his tremendous talent and this landmark milestone for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program,” France said.

Larson was glad for the notice and is ready to make his mark on his own with another set of young NASCAR drivers looking to jump into his seat.

“It’s been a learning curve, I guess,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it. I know there are going to be a group of guys below us coming up, but I think I’ll do a good job.”