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Kyle Larson, driver of the Ganassi NASCAR Cup Series, has publicly apologized for his comments about the "cheating" of Hendrick Motorsports which he said was made to joke during a television appearance.
Larson appeared on NBC Sports' Splash and Go segment with Rick Allen this week, to answer various questions on the race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
When asked if Chip Ganassi Racing was currently the best Chevrolet team, Larson replied, "I do not know, Atlanta is so different from all the other circuits that we will be following the rest of the year. can not jump to the conclusions of I think a week ".
He then added with a smile: "I have the impression that Hendrick is playing the games in a similar way to NASCAR and I think they're still starting this year pretty badly to show NASCAR that they are kind and cooperative, and that they respect the rules, etc. then it's been a few months and they start cheating and finding speed ", before laughing.
Rick Hendrick's team has struggled in Atlanta. Alex Bowman, 15th in the standings, is the highest among his four drivers. William Byron was 17th, Chase Elliott 19th and Jimmie Johnson 24th.
Hendrick provided engines to Ganassi and Larson later apologized for social media and said the comments were joking.
"I want to apologize to Mr. Hendrick and the Hendrick team for the comments I made earlier today," Larson wrote.
"I feel bad about that, I thought it jokingly, but I should not have said that they're anything other than a powerful competitor who improves over time." the season.
"I appreciate the motor support we receive from them because they largely explain our strength."
The excuses were backed by former Hendrick Motorsports pilot, turned television analyst, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who wrote "Runners Know What You Meaned" in a Twitter response.
Larson is currently the first Chevrolet driver in the Cup standings, placing fourth in the championship after the first two heats.
He led the most laps and won the second leg in Atlanta, before pitlane problems allowed him to finish 12th at the finish.
His new teammate Kurt Busch finished third.