FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Kyle Larson greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. As Larsen enters his sixth season at NASCAR’s top level it is clear that once he starts winning on a consistent basis he could become the biggest star in the country. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Kyle Larson greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. As Larsen enters his sixth season at NASCAR’s top level it is clear that once he starts winning on a consistent basis he could become the biggest star in the country. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) LM Otero AP
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Kyle Larson greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. As Larsen enters his sixth season at NASCAR’s top level it is clear that once he starts winning on a consistent basis he could become the biggest star in the country. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) LM Otero AP

Brendan Marks is a general assignment sports reporter for the Charlotte Observer covering the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, NASCAR and more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked for the Observer since August 2017.

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