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20-year-old Kyle Larson eager to live up to the hype as the next great star in NASCAR

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    Kyle Larson waits in his car before going out on the track for his qualifying run for the Lucas Oil 200 ARCA Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)The Associated Press

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    Auto racing driver Kyle Larson talks with reporters during NASCAR media day at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)The Associated Press

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    Kyle Larson talks with reporters after his qualifying run for the ARCA Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)The Associated Press

Kyle Larson is ready to live up to the hype as NASCAR's next great driver.

He won a low-level NASCAR developmental series championship last season, the first time he raced in stock cars. He also had three top-10s in his four Truck Series starts.

Larson takes the next step when he drives in Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. But first, there are short-track races Monday and Tuesday nights at Daytona in the "Battle of the Beach." Oh, and that's after he finished second in the ARCA race, making him one of the busiest drivers of Speedweeks.

Many of NASCAR's elite drivers like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart are wowed by Larson and say he is someone to watch.