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LAS VEGAS (AP) Kyle Larson wasn't sure he'd ever race again in NASCAR, and if he could, he didn't know who would even hire him.
It was Rick Hendrick who took the chance on a driver many believed was radioactive for sponsors. Larson's use of a racial slur while participating in an online race last April cost him his job, his reputation and his ability to attract the corporations that fund a race team.
Hendrick said he'd pay for the car himself because he was that confident that Larson, reformed after months of self-work, could be redeemed.