Kyle Larson Closing in on an Incredible Record in the NASCAR Cup Series

Published 09/28/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) before the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Currently, NASCAR operates on an extensive 36-race calendar and has done so for a while now. Considering this, Kyle Larson has been in rip-roaring form and has led an astonishing 2000 laps over the course of the season. According to reports, if he leads another 321 in the remaining races, he will break a 20-year-old record.

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As of now, ex Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon holds the record with 2320 laps. With six races left on the calendar, Larson could have plenty of time on his hands to break the record. Notably, Larson has also surpassed his own record of 1352 laps, which he set in 2017.

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Kyle Larson has a chance to break a 20 year standing record with the last remaining races left ! from NASCAR

What’s at stake?

An increase in his tally will rocket him to seventh place on the all-time list. In other words, he is sandwiching himself between Kevin Harvick’s tally of 1990 laps in 2018 and Kyle Busch’s 2023 laps in 2017.

If all goes well in the next race at the Talladega Superspeedway, Kyle Larson could leapfrog Busch, Harvick’s 2014 tally of 2137 laps, and more.

 

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Kyle Larson has other things on his mind

Of course, the record will probably take a back seat, as Kyle focuses on the Round of 12 in the Playoffs. Already, Denny Hamlin has drawn first blood and qualified for the next round with a win at Las Vegas. Naturally, this piles on a bit of pressure on Larson to join his rival in the next round, as well as six other drivers.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 26: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Tarlton and Son Chevrolet, waves to fans during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Fortunately, he could have a solid chance to do it in the forthcoming race at the Talladega Superspeedway. However, if all doesn’t go as planned, he will try again at the Charlotte Roval. At the very least, Kyle Larson will attempt to rack up as many points as possible to safeguard his qualification into the Round of 8.

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