“Happy and Proud” – Kyle Larson Explains Rick Hendrick’s Emotions After Charlotte Win

Published 06/03/2021, 1:03 PM EDT
May 30, 2021; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates his win of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports


At the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson created history for Hendrick Motorsports (HMS). When he roared to Victory Lane, he helped the team overtake Richard Petty Enterprises (RPE) as the most successful Cup team. RPE had amassed 268 Cup Series wins, and now HMS has overtaken them on the all-time list.

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Speaking about the record, Larson said, “He was happy and proud of me. I think it meant a lot to him that the #5 car was able to get him his first win and that record-breaking win too. It’s been a pleasure to get to have this opportunity that Rick’s presented me. I hope that we can continue to rack up wins and break even more records in the future.”

Kyle Larson even spoke about getting to know Rick Hendrick as a person. He insisted that the team owner is an ‘awesome guy’ and every one of his employees respects the man. According to the driver, it goes to show how great Hendrick is as a person. This is why he is truly grateful for the chance to work alongside the man and learn from him.

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Kyle Larson and Hendrick Motorsports are in excellent form lately

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Although the 2021 season has been unpredictable initially, some consistency has been formed. To be precise, the last three Cup Series races all had a Hendrick Motorsports car reach Victory Lane. Alex Bowman clinched the win at the Dover International Speedway, proving himself a worthy successor to Jimmie Johnson.

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 21: Team owner Rick Hendrick stands on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 21, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

At the next race, Chase Elliott won at the Circuit of the Americas. In the process, the defending champion had the honor of being the first ever winner at the track and he helped equal Richard Petty Enterprises’ record. Finally, Kyle Larson won at Charlotte to break the record and etched his name in the history books.

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