Kyle Larson Emerges as the Number 1 Choice in a Hypothetical NASCAR Draft

Published 04/29/2022, 9:55 AM EDT
Mar 27, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) before the start of the EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Normally in sports like NFL, MLB and NBA, there is a draft where teams recruit various players. Recently, Fox NASCAR tweeted that in a hypothetical situation, if they had a NASCAR draft, who would be the No. 1 draft? Naturally, many fans flocked in to choose their favorite or the best drivers. Apparently, one of the most popular picks was defending Cup Series champion, Kyle Larson.

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Some other names were thrown in, like Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and others. However, the general consensus was that the fans preferred the younger generation of Cup drivers. So, names like Larson, Chase Elliott and a few others cropped up. They all know that the #5 Hendrick Motorsports driver is extremely talented, so he is the obvious pick.

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Aside from Larson and Elliott, people named several other young and talented Cup Series drivers. This included the likes of Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, and Tyler Reddick. Even Ross Chastain and Noah Gragson earned a special shout out.

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So far this campaign, Hendrick Motorsports have been pretty strong. In fact, Kyle Larson, William Byron and Alex Bowman have all got wins, while Chase Elliott leads the standings. To make matters even better, Byron has two wins under his belt, and he is one of two drivers to achieve it.

This is undoubtedly proof that even in a new era for NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports is the team to beat. Obviously, the likes of Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske and other teams will be eager to catch them. However, NASCAR races are unpredictable and no one knows whether we will get a new person in Victory Lane. Or whether one of the previous winners will add to their tally.

Apr 24, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) leads NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron (24) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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The next race on the calendar is the Dover International Speedway. This will be another chance for Hendrick Motorsports to flex its muscles. However, the big question is, which of the quartet will be the strongest? Will it be defending champion Kyle Larson? Will Alex Bowman add a second win? Or will William Byron take a third win? Finally, will Chase Elliott join his teammates in the winners list?

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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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