Can Kyle Larson Convert His Brilliant Consistency at Las Vegas Into a NASCAR Cup Win?

Published 03/07/2021, 12:10 PM EST
RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 09: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


With a just about a few hours to go, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers’ nerves will be at its peak, as they take to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Among the predicted favorites for the race at the 1.5 mile-long speedway is Kyle Larson?

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The 28-year-old has a special expertise at short and dirt tracks as well. But he has shown his racecraft in the Cup Series too, extracting vital performance in the right moments.

Larson has already expressed that he feels a race victory is quite close this season. So will his past record and the desire to clinch a first for new team Hendrick Motorsports see him deliver this weekend?

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Kyle Larson has a great record in Las Vegas

Some facts on the team’s website read, “In nine previous Cup starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson has three top-five finishes and six top-10s, including a ninth-place finish in this event last year. He posted runner-up results at the Nevada venue in 2017 and 2018.”

But at the same time, Larson is also curiously winless in 71 Cup Series starts at 1.5 mile-tracks. The No.5 has achieved nine runner-up finishes, but has never driven his car into Victory Lane.

So while history suggests that a good finish is on the cards this Sunday, a race win has remained out of reckoning. But there is good reason to believe that Larson might just be that bit closer to landing his first Cup win in 2021.

Larson has quickly adapted to life at new outfit Hendrick Motorsports

For starters, Larson seems to have easily acclimatized to the culture at a premier team like Hendrick Motorsports. He looks incredibly comfortable with his Chevrolet Camaro, which has seen him gain important results in the first three rounds.

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Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the track perfectly suits Larson’s aggressive but tactful driving style. His experience securing stage wins could also come in handy, as he bids to stay in the lead during the latter phase of the race.

With supreme machinery, Larson and his fans will express confidence as they head into the fourth round of this year’s campaign. Everything thus seems well set up for the new Hendrick driver to go out and achieve a good result on the day.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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