“It Is Because of Sheer Talent” – Tony Stewart Heaps Praise on Kyle Larson

Published 09/11/2021, 9:24 AM EDT
May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) races during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Many know that Kyle Larson is known for being one of the most versatile racing drivers in the current NASCAR roster. Recently, Tony Stewart spoke about the Hendrick Motorsports driver. This is largely because many people compared Larson to the likes of Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt, and Stewart himself. The aforementioned drivers were also well-known for branching out into different racing fields.

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Stewart said, “Who knows the next time we’re going to see somebody that can do what he’s doing right now. People need to enjoy and appreciate what he is able to do in a race car right now. Realize that however many races he ends up winning, it is because of sheer talent.”

Clearly, Kyle Larson is an exceptionally talented driver and a massive boon for Hendrick Motorsports. At the moment, he is considered as one of the favorites for the 2021 Cup Series title. However, he will have to face stiff competition from many of his rivals.

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Can Kyle Larson win the 2021 Cup Series championship?

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Theoretically speaking, he is perfectly capable of managing it. However, Denny Hamlin drew first blood at the Darlington Raceway with his first win of the season. On the bright side, Kyle Larson still has two races left to snatch a qualifying berth ahead of his rivals.

Mar 21, 2021; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) leads down the front stretch at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

In his NASCAR Cup Series career, his career-best finish was a 6th place in the 2019 championship. Last year, he could have improved, but unusual circumstances saw him out for the whole season. As a result, he is tackling the 2021 season with a vengeance and showing why he is highly regarded in the arena.

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Now, he will be aiming to improve even further, by hopefully winning the title. For that, he will have to keep a wary eye out for Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, defending champion Chase Elliott and many more. Even drivers like Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and others, could be threats.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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