Kyle Larson Recalls Some of His Most Favorite NASCAR Races and Moments, Including Kenseth’s Phoenix Win

Published 01/03/2021, 9:30 AM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 McDonald’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


One driver that has already accomplished a lot but is also entering the prime years of his racing career is Kyle Larson. The 28-year-old has been a mainstay in Cup Series racing for some time now and has created some amazing memories in his time in the sport so far.

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Speaking to the ‘Waltrip Unfiltered Podcast,’ Larson talked about some of his intriguing moments for him in NASCAR thus far. Notably so, Dale Earnhardt‘s 1998 Daytona 500 win and Matt Kenseth’s final race victory at Phoenix made his list.

Reminiscing those moments, Larson said, “So I agree with when Dale won and came down pit road and everybody greeted him, that was awesome. So I am trying to think you know, like me being there at the track.”

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Kyle Larson mentioned Matt Kenseth’s win at Phoenix

Earnhardt’s first Daytona win in his Cup Series career of nearly 25 years was a truly memorable moment. Almost all pit crew members, along with fans from the stands, stood on the pit road to one-by-one greet the seven-time Cup champion.

Larson also talked about the last time Kenseth won a race at Phoenix Raceway with Joe Gibbs Racing. The 28-year-old himself was there to witness the victory, racing with Chip Ganassi at the time.

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)

The Hendrick driver continued, “When Kenseth won his final Cup race at Phoenix, I thought that was really cool, you know. Knowing that this was gonna be this guy’s, well at the time he thought it was gonna be one of his last two races right.”

“He won and I remember just thinking like man, I hope you know someday, like when I say I am gonna retire, I can get to feel what he’s feeling right now. Which was really cool, I’m sure, so I thought that was neat,” concluded Larson.

Larson will want to emerge as an even better Cup Series driver in 2021

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Recollecting all these historic moments will truly have inspired the California native to further his own list of memories in the Cup Series. With a premier team like Hendrick Motorsports, he has just about the perfect chance to do that.

DOVER, DELAWARE – OCTOBER 06: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Clover Chevrolet, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Larson has consistently been a Top 10 driver in the last few seasons at least. Moving forward, the expectations from his new team will be high, and it will be interesting to see if he can deliver at a much more enhanced level in 2021.

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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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