When I become a fan, I tend to become a fanatic. Anyone who comes into my home will very quickly realize that I am obsessed with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Adam Lambert. These two men fascinate me with their wit, their talent and the way that they are absolutely, totally real. Although they are both celebrities in their own right, I also feel that I could enjoy spending a day just hanging out with them and being BFFs.
These obsessions started innocently enough. I became a Dale Jr. fan when I first saw him strolling down pit road at Daytona in his bright red Budweiser racing suit. At that time, he was a very young man with blonde tips in his hair and his hat on backwards. My first thought was how striking he was; he seemed to have a cockiness about him that got my attention immediately.
Adam Lambert got me when he walked through the doors for his American Idol audition and in response to Randy Jackson telling him not to be “skerd.” Adam replied “I ain’t skerd.” He went on to prove it by blowing the judges away with his theatrical audition.
Both Dale Jr. and Adam Lambert have come a long way since those early days when I was first hooked. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has become the most popular driver in NASCAR and Adam Lambert continues to amaze fans all over the world with his incredible voice and totally awesome style.
Most recently, I find myself becoming a Kyle Larson fanatic. I can’t say that I was as instantaneously taken by Kyle as I was with Dale Jr. and Adam Lambert, but the interest is growing by leaps and bounds each time I watch this young man race.
I’ve mentioned many of his past accomplishments in previous articles. From his spectacular crash at Daytona in February to his first win in the Camping World Truck series and his incredible run in the trucks at Eldora, he has been something to watch. Although we often do not hear much about him in the first half of the race, he seems to always find a way to make sure we are talking about him by the end of the race.
Today, running the road course at Mid-America, it looked like he would have a very disappointing day. Before completing the first lap, he found himself spinning into the tires which led to time in the pits and his going 3 laps down. Imagine actually starting a race on a road course 3 laps after the rest of the field. How would you lift yourself up and carry on? How tempting would it be to just throw your hands up and quit.
Not Kyle Larson, this kid seems to believe that he can come back from anything and be competitive. As the race went on, Larson was lucky to get opportunities which put him back on the lead lap. I really hadn’t noticed where he was or what was going on until I noticed that he was in 10th place, then 9th, then 8th. As the final caution came out which led to a green, white, checker finish, he restarted in 8th place. As so often happens when there are only 2 laps to get it done, things got crazy. Kyle didn’t win, he actually got spun again and ended up in 16th but he shouldn’t have been anywhere in the top 20. How did he get to 8th place from 3 laps down?
I don’t know how he does it but I am warning Kyle Larson and those who produce and sale Kyle Larson racing collectibles. If you begin to see sales going through the roof, if you start wondering who is that crazy lady wearing the Kyle Larson t-shirt yelling at the top of her lungs, if Kyle Larson sees his twitter followers suddenly grow in numbers, his Facebook friend requests blow up, his website crash from new fans’ interest. Just remember, I warned you.