Kyle Larson Aims to Match Up to ‘Road Course King’ Chase Elliott in NASCAR Daytona Race

February 21, 2021 10:42 pm

Kyle Larson has been adjusting to life at a champion-caliber team like Hendrick Motorsports and has done well so far. But a fresh challenge awaits him as he prepares himself to take to the Daytona Road Course this weekend.

The No.5 has a decent record at road courses, winning 3 pole positions and 2 stages. But the only problem for him in winning one is that his teammate, Chase Elliott, has developed a special expertise for such tricky tracks.

Regardless, it is a fresh start for all drivers when they take to Daytona, and Elliott still has to give it his all for the win. But speaking recently, Larson expressed his own desire to win on Sunday.

Hendrick Motorsports should be really good in the race, said Kyle Larson

The 28-year-old stated, “Yeah, I feel like I’ve always done okay on road courses. I’ve definitely qualified well, so I wish we had qualifying!”

Larson’s last stint on a road course race was back in 2019 when he took to the Charlotte Roval. On that particular occasion, he finished 13th with Chip Ganassi Racing, having won Stage 1 of the race.

Larson continued, “But I think our cars here at Hendrick Motorsports should be really good in the race. Obviously, Chase has dominated road courses so, I hope to have similar speed to him and hopefully challenge for a win.”

The No.5 car looked extremely racy in the 2021 Daytona 500

Despite finishing only 10th, Larson ensured some important points for his new team, especially after both Bowman and Byron suffered damage to their cars. He kept himself in contention for a stage win but ultimately had to settle for a Top-10 finish.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Advent Health Chevrolet, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Larson, naturally, knows that he has room to improve his record at road courses. But it will take a very determined effort to beat the likes of Elliott and Martin Truex Jr and to fight for a win.

So while another Top-10 finish will help build momentum for Larson, he knows that a race victory would indeed be something special.

Overall, it will be interesting to see how he gets on in this variant of the Daytona International Speedway in a few hours from now.

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Bhargav Gopal

Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune. Bhargav is quite a genius in his field, having won the All-India Marketing Case Study Competition 2015. He also loves to combine his love for marketing and sports by taking part in competitions like Knockout: Sports Marketing Case Study by IIM Ahmedabad.

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