Kyle Larson Hopes to Carry Chili Bowl Momentum Into Comeback NASCAR Season with Hendrick Motorsports

Published 01/18/2021, 10:15 AM EST
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)


Claiming a brilliant win at the 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals, Kyle Larson certainly impressed everyone with his dirt track skills. He now has back-to-back Chili Bowl titles to his name and has started off the racing season in the perfect manner.

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It is, however, just the beginning for Larson, who has an eventful year coming up ahead of him. Primarily, he now returns to race in the NASCAR Cup Series with premier team Hendrick Motorsports in their No.5 car.

The 28-year-old recently spoke in a brief interview following his Chili Bowl win on Saturday. He talked about the dirt tracing competition itself and how it bodes for him going forward in the season.

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Kyle Larson believes the Chili Bowl feels like the ‘last race of the year’

Larson stated, “Yeah I don’t know, hopefully, it’s not a year thing! But to start 2020 off with a big win at the Chili Bowl last year and then in a way this kind of feels…To me, always this race feels like the last race of the year.”

The former Chip Ganassi Racing driver has had continuous success in short and dirt tracks racing, an art he has polished over a period of many years. At the same time, he also has a bigger responsibility now of competing in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The Hendrick Motorsports No.5 continued and said, “So I don’t really how I’d view that, I guess a cherry on top. But hopefully, I can keep it going and have a great season on the pavement and continuing on the dirt.”

Larson will be expected to win and consistently accumulate good finishes

Joining one of the most successful teams comes with its own set of expectations and objectives. At Hendrick Motorsports, winning races has been a habit since its inception.

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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)

With the likes of Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, and William Byron as teammates, Larson will face healthy competition to strive and succeed. But considering he will have good machinery at his disposal and has experience winning races, he will not find it tough to fit in.

Larson’s challenge will begin when he takes to the track for the much-renowned Daytona 500 race next month. With momentum on his side, he will certainly expect to carry on and further prove his mettle.

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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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