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As Jeff Gordon prepares to step aside, Kyle Larson moves closer to role as NASCAR's next star

  • FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2013, file photo, drivers Kyle Larson, left, and Jeff Gordon talk during practice for a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. As Jeff Gordon winds down his long career, the kid who grew up idolizing him is just getting started. Kyle Larson is here and ready to become NASCAR's next superstar. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2013, file photo, drivers Kyle Larson, left, and Jeff Gordon talk during practice for a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. As Jeff Gordon winds down his long career, the kid who grew up idolizing him is just getting started. Kyle Larson is here and ready to become NASCAR's next superstar. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Driver Kyle Larson adjusts his helmet before going out on the track during a practice session for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Driver Kyle Larson adjusts his helmet before going out on the track during a practice session for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2015, file photo car owner Chip Ganassi, left, and driver Kyle Larson talk in their garage during a practice session for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. As Jeff Gordon winds down his long career, the kid who grew up idolizing him is just getting started. Kyle Larson is here and ready to become NASCAR's next superstar. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2015, file photo car owner Chip Ganassi, left, and driver Kyle Larson talk in their garage during a practice session for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. As Jeff Gordon winds down his long career, the kid who grew up idolizing him is just getting started. Kyle Larson is here and ready to become NASCAR's next superstar. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)  (The Associated Press)

As Jeff Gordon winds down his long career, the kid who grew up idolizing him is just getting started.

Kyle Larson is ready to become NASCAR's next superstar.

His sophomore season in the Sprint Cup Series begins Sunday with the Daytona 500 and there are high expectations for Larson to have a breakout year.

He was decent last season during his run toward rookie of the year honors, but Larson is ready for more. On his list of goals for the year is winning his first Sprint Cup race and making the Chase for the championship.