Kyle Larson Earns the ‘Short Track Driver of the Year’ Title after an Incredible 2020 Season

Published 01/02/2021, 8:32 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)


Short tracks racing and Kyle Larson have been synonymous with one another for quite some time now. Despite racing in the Cup Series, the 28-year-old makes it a point to drive in at least some of these events during the year.

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2020 was an especially fruitful year for the new Hendrick Motorsports recruit in those classes. Taking part in many series, Larson won some important races, including the USAC Silvercrown finale at the Springfield Mile.

What is more exciting is that he now reaps the rewards for some fine work in short tracks racing. Speed51 mentioned that FK Rod Ends has now determined that Larson is their ‘Short Tracks Driver of the Year’.

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Kyle Larson had earlier won the 2020 Chili Bowl Nationals event

A statement on the website reads, “Throughout the 2020 racing season, an esteemed panel of short track industry insiders voted on which driver had the most success on the track. The driver with the most votes was awarded “FK Rod Ends Driver of the Month.”

Larson actually started the year 2020 with a bang when he clinched his first-ever Chili Bowl Nationals trophy. He also then went onto win a few more races with his own World of Outlaws sprint car racing team.

BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 16: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cars 3/Target Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the pole award for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

“Now, with the 2020 season concluded, we have calculated the votes from throughout the season to determine the “Team FK Driver of the Year.

“After winning an astounding 46 races and posting a near-.500 mark, Kyle Larson has been named the FK Rod Ends Driver of the Year,” concluded the statement.

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The ex-Chip Ganassi driver had considerable success in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Whilst participating across different disciplines of racing, Larson heavily featured in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. He accumulated 12 race wins in the season and achieved 19 top-five finishes as well. His list of race wins also includes the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win at the Port Royal Speedway.

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 09: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Now, Larson takes on a new challenge with Hendrick Motorsports as a full-time Cup Series driver in 2021. It will be interesting to see how he manages that schedule with his dirt track racing commitments next year.

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Bhargav Gopal

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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.

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