Jimmie Johnson Applauds Kyle Larson for Paying the Perfect Tribute to Hendrick Motorsports

Published 10/25/2021, 7:09 AM EDT
Oct 17, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates in victory lane after he wins the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 in the NASCAR round of 8 opening race at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


October 24, 2004 is regarded as a dark day in Hendrick Motorsports history. This is because a plane crash claimed the lives of ten people associated with the outfit. Now, several years down the line, Kyle Larson has clinched a victory at the Kansas Speedway on the 17th anniversary of the tragedy.

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Needless to say, Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR legend, Jimmie Johnson, were touched, especially when the Asian-American driver pointed to the skies as he celebrated his win.

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“I want to dedicate this win to Rick and Linda (Hendrick),” Larson said after the race. “I didn’t get to ever meet Ricky or the other men and women who lost their lives that day. But I felt the importance of this race, no doubt. Crazy kind of how it all worked out there for me to win. I know they were all looking down, helping me out there on all the restarts and stuff and after getting in the wall.”

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How did Kyle Larson perform in the race at Kansas?

Larson has been in excellent form in the last few races and taken a third consecutive win. Without a doubt, he is a surefire favorite for the 2021 Cup Series championship. Additionally, Johnson’s reaction and praise just goes to show how proud he is of Larson and Hendrick Motorsports.

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – SEPTEMBER 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Valvoline Chevrolet, walks on stage during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 18, 2021 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

However, this win will have major implications in the title race. To be precise, it means that there is one less race for the seven remaining Playoff drivers to snatch a berth in the season finale. The next race in the calendar is the Martinsville Speedway, which will mark the final race in the Round of 8. It is also the penultimate race of the 2021 season before the NASCAR Cup Series paddock heads to the Phoenix Raceway.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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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