Elk Grove Rolls Out Welcome Mat For Hometown NASCAR Champion Kyle Larson

A couple thousand join local dignitaries to attend parade to honor Larson 

By D.J. Blutarsky | Special to Elk Grove News | 

Under a warm Fall afternoon sun with Old Town Plaza as the backdrop, local hometown NASCAR racing champion Kyle Larson wheeled into town sitting atop a bright yellow Corvette convertible to the cheers of about 2,000 fans Monday afternoon.

In a small parade organized by his home track Sonoma Raceway and the City of Elk Grove, Larson, an Elk Grove native, was honored for winning the 2021 NASCAR Cup championship. As he bounded the stage, City Councilmember and event Emcee Pat Hume drew laughter as he remarked that the actual sterling silver cup on display stood taller than Larson! 

Local dignitaries sitting stageside in attendance included a representative for Assemblyman Jim Cooper, Supervisor Don Nottoli, Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen, Councilmembers Darren Suen and Kevin Spease, and Cosumnes Community Service District Director Rod Brewer. While Mayor Singh-Allen referred to Larson's "dark time," she applauded Larson for his commitment to overcome his personal challenges and noted his API ethnicity for making inroads in the auto racing profession. 

Larson for his part was sincerely appreciative of the large turnout and while his race team is based in North Carolina, Larson remarked that Elk Grove will always be his hometown. 

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