“I’ve decided to embrace it,” the good-natured Larsen said.
So much so that Magic Mike, err …. Taco, has adorned the side of his No. 48 stock car with a characterization of Speedy Gonzalez woofing down a taco.
Larsen works at General Mills in Hannibal, Mo., making taco shells — hence, the nickname.
“I wanted an attention-getter, and this is an attention-getter,” Larsen said.
Larsen might be an attention-getter in more ways than one this year. A year ago while most onlookers were watching Terry Houston and Abe Huls dominate much of the stock car season, few noticed the solid year Larsen was having, a season that got better and stronger as it developed.
Conceivably, if Larsen had not missed one points feature he could have finished as high as second in the points. Regardless, Magic Mike, err… Taco, deserves to be listed as a title contender for 2013.
And if the coming season plays out with that No. 48 car running up front on a regular basis, Larsen won’t mind what you call him.