Hendrick Motorsports Announces Removal of Kyle Larson’s NASCAR Spotter in Sudden Turn of Events

Published 01/06/2021, 7:45 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)


Recently, NASCAR spotter Chris Monez had announced his new project on Twitter, confirming he will spot for star driver Kyle Larson and the No. 5 team at Hendrick Motorsports. Now, in a sudden announcement, the team indicated that Monez will no longer spot for Larson in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series.

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Hendrick Motorsports themselves did not list out a specific reason for firing Monez. However, reports suggest the team took objection over some questionable social media posts from Monez, which landed him in trouble with fans and the team.

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An eventful few days for NASCAR spotter Monez

This comes less than a week since Monez’s Twitter announcement that he will work with Larson in 2021.

It’s official! Proud to join @TeamHendrick as the #5 Spotter for Kyle Larson. 2021 is going to be an amazing year!” Monez wrote on January 1.

As per earlier reports, Hendrick had decided to have Monez as Larson’s spotter in early December itself. However, the deal was officially supposed to begin in the new year, with Larson’s official reinstatement on January 1.

Hendrick Motorsports also said that the announcement of Larson’s new spotter will come at a later date.

This adds to some pre-season worries for Larson and his team, as they have also not yet found a sponsor for the new season. Rick Hendrick himself is believed to sponsor the car, at least for the initial phase of the 2021 season.

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)

Kyle Larson has a big task ahead of him

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However, Larson is still expected to produce competitive runs consistently and challenge for race wins. Hendrick will certainly provide him with good equipment to be able to do that, and some race wins under his belt will help Larson and the team considerably.

The No. 5 team is also a new entrant at HMS, replacing the No. 88 car that Alex Bowman ran in recent years. The re-branding also helps Larson as he is looking for a fresh start in his NASCAR career.

While the NASCAR pre-season work is already underway, Kyle Larson’s immediate goal is to defend his Chili Bowl Nationals title. He accompanies some top NASCAR drivers in the premier midget dirt racing event next week.

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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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