“Definitely Optimistic” – Kyle Larson Aims to Convert Consistency at Richmond Into 2nd NASCAR Win in 2021

Published 04/16/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) cellebrates his victory in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Kyle Larson is having a busy racing weekend, which he will cap off with the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Richmond Raceway on Sunday. Richmond was one of Larson’s strong suits in his time with Chip Ganassi Racing.

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He has shown constant improvement at the track and one of his six Cup wins in the no. 42 car came at Richmond.

In his last seven Cup races there, Larson has had two top-5 finishes, including a win and three other top-10 finishes. At the same time, Larson recognizes that he would have liked to score more consistently strong finishes at the track in the past.

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Consistency has been the feature of Larson’s 2021 season so far in the Hendrick Motorsports no. 5 car. Larson keeps producing top-5 finishes, and he has already shown his superiority at tracks that weren’t good for him in the past.

Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) crosses the finish line to win the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Larson aims to channel consistency into another win

Richmond, on the other hand, has been good to Larson and he will aim to make it count this Sunday.

“It’s a track where I’ve got a win in the past. It’s a track where I’ve had some solid runs and some average finishes as well. Kind of an up and down track for me,” Larson said in a video posted by Hendrick Motorsports. “But I’m confident that we’ll be really good in our Hendrick Motorsports car there this weekend. We’ve been strong at every race track this year. Definitely optimistic about going to Richmond.”

Larson also highlighted the areas he needs to focus on going into Sunday’s race. He feels it will be important to really take care of his tires on a track that sees a lot of wear and tear and demands a lot from the car.

That tire wear also hurt his chances in the final stage of the Atlanta race, which he absolutely dominated before Ryan Blaney passed him for the win.

“Gotta be patient with everything-” Kyle Larson

Larson feels he needs to be more patient at Richmond, where performance on pit road will play a big role.

Gotta be patient with everything, need to have good restarts. Pit road is a place where you can gain a lot of spots too, so our pit crew has been doing an amazing job this year and I’m expecting it to be the same this weekend,” Larson said further. “Excited to get there and hopefully challenge for another win.”

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Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates his victory in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Larson currently stands 4th in the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 points standings. More importantly, he already has a win under his belt and is locked into the playoffs.

After Martin Truex Jr. became the first repeat winner of the 2021 season last weekend, Larson will want to bag his 2nd win as well, at Richmond.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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