Kyle Larson ‘Not Surprised’ by Hendrick Motorsports’ Incredible Level of Success in NASCAR

Published 03/29/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates his victory in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


When Kyle Larson joined Hendrick Motorsports a few months ago, there were a lot of doubts about his move. Those doubts had a lot to do with Larson’s absence from NASCAR for almost the entire 2020 season and the time it would take for him to get back into his groove.

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Add the pressure of performance for one of the biggest NASCAR teams, and many believed that Larson could find it difficult to find form right away. However, the talented driver wasted no time in finding his place among the frontrunners.

Larson showed impressive speed right away in his No. 5 car, recording a win in just his fouth start with the new team. Along with the Las Vegas win, he also has five top-10 finishes in just the first six races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup season.

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With his performances so far, Larson has shown a great ability to absorb all the pre-season pressure. Those doubts never bothered the driver a lot.

Mar 14, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) and NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron (24) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) lead the way during the NASCAR Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Larson lauds the positivity at Hendrick Motorsports

“I know there’s always going to be doubters, and that’s something I’ve accepted,” Larson said in a recent interview.

Larson was always considered as one of the most talented drivers out there; it was just a matter of clicking well with the crew chief and the rest of the team once he started working with Hendrick Motorsports.

What Larson saw once he stepped into the new team gave him a great indication of why HMS has been so successful over the years.

“The whole organization is amazing. The energy that’s in the shop. Everybody’s extremely positive and wanting to go out there and compete at a high level and win races, so it’s no surprise they’ve had the success that they’ve had,” Larson expressed.

Stunning start off the blocks for Larson

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Larson has certainly been the most consistent driver so far this Cup season. He has looked quite dominant on certain occasions, and came close to a second win this season at Atlanta, after dominating the entire race. However, he just fell short and settled for second place.

Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) cellebrates his victory in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The former Chip Ganassi Racing driver will get another chance later on Monday, in the Bristol dirt race. His dirt racing record means he is certainly a favorite to win there, despite having to start at the rear due to an engine change.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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