Denny Hamlin vs Kyle Larson: The Race to the 2021 NASCAR Regular Season Title

Published 08/10/2021, 12:24 PM EDT
June 20, Lebanon, TN, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 race at the Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn., Sunday, June 20, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Josie Norris-USA TODAY Sports


Just four races remain until the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season wraps up. After 22 races, two drivers have emerged as the favorites – Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson. At the moment, the former leads the championship, with the latter right on his heels. However, given the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s inability to reach Victory Lane this year, Larson has the advantage.

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With four races left, just 13 points separate Denny Hamlin from Kyle Larson. As long as the #11 driver can finish ahead of the Hendrick Motorsports driver, he could win the regular season championship.

On the other end of the spectrum, Larson has amassed four victories, including three consecutive wins.

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At Watkins Glen International, Larson will start fourth on the grid, with Hamlin right behind him in sixth. In other words, if the Hendrick Motorsports driver finishes ahead, he could chip away at the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s lead. Whether he can do it before the regular season ends, though, is anybody’s guess. Nevertheless, Kyle Larson is definitely going to give it his best shot at winning the regular season title.

How will Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin perform in the playoffs?

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Admittedly, nobody knows how the drivers will perform once the playoffs commence. However, Larson’s four wins definitely make him the favorite to qualify for future stages.

If Hamlin cannot break his 2021 victory jinx, it will not bode well for him.

Jul 18, 2021; Loudon, New Hampshire, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) spins out at turn two of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Larson, on the other hand, will look to establish himself as Hendrick Motorsports’ new star. Additionally, it will prove that Jimmie Johnson left the team in good hands, namely that of Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Alex Bowman. All four drivers have snatched at lead one race victory this season and they are all in the playoffs. This also means that they can take the fight to Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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