“Greatest Event in the World” – NASCAR Star Kyle Larson Thrilled After Consecutive Chili Bowl Titles

Published 01/19/2021, 9:45 AM EST
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – OCTOBER 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, climbs into his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


2021 could not have gotten off to a better start for Kyle Larson. The newly recruited Hendrick Motorsports driver showcased a classy performance in the final feature race to win this year’s Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals event.

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It comes as an addition to his trophy case, having already secured a title win at the same competition in 2020. Winning back-to-back Chili Bowl events would indeed give him tremendous confidence.

This level of confidence only bodes well for him in the 2021 racing season. Larson opened up on his feeling about winning the event, and he had nothing but words of praise.

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Thankful to get the chance to race in the Chili Bowl, says Kyle Larson

Larson stated, “To get two of these feels awesome. It was a different race than last year, but just thankful to get the chance to even come race here.”

The 28-year-old impressed in his No.01 midget car during the dirt track racing event. Starting off second, he took the lead soon after. Despite the threat of overtaking after a couple of restarts, Larson held them all off to win the trophy.

“I think a lot of us thought maybe we wouldn’t get to come run the Chili Bowl with the pandemic going on, so hats off to Emmett Hahn and everyone else with this event. It’s the greatest event in the world, and very lucky to be a part of it,” concluded the former Chip Ganassi Racing driver.

Larson’s confidence will do him good heading into the 2021 NASCAR season

Having last featured for Chip Ganassi Racing in the summer of 2020, he will make a fresh start in the Cup Series this season. Naturally, everyone at Hendrick Motorsports will have high expectations from an accomplished driver like Larson.

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AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 McDonald’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Fortunately, Larson already has experience starting and winning Cup Series races in the past. With a variety of skills under his belt, he can easily look to make the playoffs in his first year with his new team.

Regardless, the upcoming season on a different racing surface will pose a challenge to the Hendrick Motorsports No.5. But with momentum on his side, he will certainly take to the Daytona 500 with a positive approach and a mindset full of self-assurance.

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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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