Kyle Larson Excited to Work With ‘Perfectionist’ Crew Chief Cliff Daniels at Hendrick Motorsports

Published 01/26/2021, 11:00 AM EST
RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 29: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)


The 2021 Cup Series season draws closer with every passing day. One driver who will be raring to make a comeback in the top division is the new Hendrick Motorsports recruit, Kyle Larson.

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He will have some good professionals in his pit crew and an experienced spotter in Tyler Monn alongside him. Larson also recently spoke about his crew chief Cliff Daniels, appreciating his work ethic.

Speaking to the team’s website, Larson stated, “I’m excited to be with Cliff. He’s a different kind of crew chief that I’ve ever had.”

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Excited about teaming up with Daniels, says Kyle Larson

“I’m thinking of all the dirt crew chiefs I’ve ever had – I don’t think I’ve ever had a crew chief quite like Cliff. He’s young, he’s just very, very driven and focused and a perfectionist,” Larson added.

Daniels previously worked with NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson as a race engineer on his team for five years. Consequently, he helped the seven-time Cup Series champion by undertaking crew chief duties for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cars 3/Target Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The Hendrick Motorsports No.5 continued, “He’s got a pretty intense character about him. I’m excited about that. Getting a chance to be teamed up with somebody that, I think, will hold me accountable and do a great job.”

Larson has all the tools for success at Hendrick Motorsports

Recently, the 28-year-old secured back-to-back Chili Bowl Nationals titles after winning the feature race. It gives him some much-needed confidence ahead of the NASCAR season.

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LONG POND, PA – JUNE 04: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cessna/NTT Data Group Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)Larson has a great opportunity to win some races and accumulate Top-5 finishes with a premier team that has some of the best machinery. Additionally, his primary objective will be a spot in the playoffs.

Therefore, Larson’s racecraft and Hendrick Motorsports’ reputation should prove to be a fearsome combination. But with some consistent results, he could even become a genuine title contender over the course of the season.

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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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