Kyle Larson Rues Missed Opportunity at One of His Best NASCAR Tracks After Finishing 4th at Homestead-Miami

Published 03/01/2021, 8:30 AM EST
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)


Kyle Larson will have to wait slightly longer for his first Cup win with Hendrick Motorsports, following a fourth-place finish at Homestead-Miami. Teammate William Byron took home the race victory, but he delivered minimum expectations by achieving yet another Top 5 finish at the venue.

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Larson had briefly taken the lead in the final phase of the race. But he just lacked the grip on the tires to maneuver himself into maintaining the lead and winning the race.

He said, “It got pretty intense there at the end. I was just trying to take care of my tires and was just struggling on the long runs.”

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Would have liked to finish second, said a disappointed Kyle Larson

“We were loose for a majority of the race and in that last run, we actually got kind of tight. But I felt like being tight was better for my long runs than loose, just because I could be a little more confident.”

Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

In a matter of ten laps, he passed opponents one by one to get up into 5th. However, during the last stretch, Larson just did not have enough grip with his front tires, and so got overtaken by Tyler Reddick and Martin Truex Jr.

He continued, “I would have liked to finish second, but those guys were better than me in the end and I just couldn’t hold them off. I hate that I gave up those spots.”

Larson battled hard but also shielded Byron to help him win the race

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“It’s really cool for William to get a win this early in the year. Hats off to their team and hopefully we can get it done soon.”

DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro, during final practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

For a long time in the final stage, both Larson and Byron occupied the Top 2 slots. While the former was obviously battling for the win himself, one thing he did well was to block out any threat from the opposing teams’ drivers.

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So despite missing out on a victory, Larson will do well to pat himself on the back for his efforts. But that said, he will hope that a race win arrives sooner than later.

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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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