Nov 3, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (51) is introduced before the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR's Kyle Larson preparing for rookie Sprint Cup campaign

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NASCAR phenom Kyle Larson is preparing for a rookie Sprint Cup campaign in 2014, where he will have the opportunity to show the world why he is being considered the sport’s next superstar.

Many have said that Larson can be the next Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart, and the 21-year-old up-and-comer is ready to prove himself on the track and show that he can live up to the hype. While Larson is trying his best to ignore the hype that is surrounding him, he is excited for the opportunity to show what he can do.

“I think it’s really cool that people compare me to those two guys — guys I’ve looked up to probably even before I started racing,” Larson said, via SB Nation. “I try not to pay a whole lot of attention to it just because I don’t want to let it get to my head and become cocky or anything like that. I just try and stay humble.

“It’s done a lot for my career being compared to [Stewart and Gordon], but now I’ll be racing them every week, so now I’m going to try and beat them.”

Larson will be replacing the Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42 Target Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi, who signed the youngster to a developmental deal back in 2012. It will be interesting to see how Larson does out on the track with the step up in competition, but you can be sure that many will be watching as he fights to become the Rookie of the Year.

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