Traditionally, the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion is included in the Voting Panel for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, but Kyle Larson had an important conflict that prevented him from participating this past Wednesday.
As the winner of the 2021 Coca-Cola 600, Larson—along with Hendrick Motorsports vice chairman Jeff Gordon—flew to Washington, D.C., to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
The honor is part of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Mission 600, whose purpose is to honor military men and women. The focal point is the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend.
“It was a cool experience, for sure,” Larson said of the trip to Arlington. “It really puts things into perspective. It makes you respect the men and women of the military and everybody that’s given us the ultimate sacrifice and (those who) continue to serve.
“It was a great experience, and I hope I can visit it again someday. It would be great to win the 600 again and get to go next year; take my wife and maybe take my dad and get to experience it some more.”
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