“He Can Win a Ton” – Kevin Harvick Hails Talented Kyle Larson as One of the Best NASCAR Cup Series Drivers

Published 04/27/2021, 9:20 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 has been considered one of the most talented drivers around in NASCAR circles for quite some time now. Going from being a rising talent to competing with the best is a challenge in itself, but NASCAR great Kevin Harvick believes Larson is already one of the best.


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Larson showed his worth in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 car and won six races in his time there, despite not having a car matching up to the level of Hendrick, Joe Gibbs, Penske, teams, and even Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing.

Now, in the Hendrick car, he is already showing some solid consistency and many believe he is a championship contender.


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Kevin Harvick showers praise on Kyle Larson

Harvick was recently asked who he feels are some of the best drivers on the current Cup grid. The 2014 Cup champ is quite impressed by Larson and feels he certainly has the ability to win a lot of races.

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

I would say, Kyle Larson,” Harvick said recently, speaking on a podcast.

“If Kyle can figure out how to keep himself in more races longer, he’s going to win a ton of races. He’s gonna win his fair share anyway because he’s just good and he’s fast. But he can win a ton,” Harvick expressed.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Ford, prepares to start during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Speedway on November 17, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

That is some really high praise for the No. 5 car driver at Hendrick Motorsports, who has been a serious competitor this season. He already has a host of top-five and top-10 finishes, with his win at Las Vegas certainly being the highlight through the first 10 races in 2021.

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Larson‘s speed has been one of the major talking points since the very start of the season. In fact, he came quite close to another win as he dominated at Atlanta before Ryan Blaney snatched a late win.

The fact that he has been able to settle in so well in his first season at Hendrick also shows his ability as a race car driver. With his car showing some great speed and Larson’s talents making him a competitor week in and week out, he will be a force to reckon with in the playoffs.

Harvick himself has some work to do to find back some of his lost form. He was, by far, the best driver in 2020, winning a stunning nine races, before some unfortunate runs in the playoffs cost him.


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The No. 4 car SHR driver had just one top-5 finish since the season-opening Daytona 500. However, he matched that fourth place finish at Talladega this past Sunday, and he needs to keep up that momentum to find the win soon.


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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.