Kyle Larson Thankful to Drive “Awesome Race Car” After Special NASCAR Comeback Win With Hendrick in Las Vegas

Published 03/07/2021, 8:06 PM EST
Mar 7, 2021; 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


The comeback is complete for Kyle Larson in the NASCAR Cup Series. On Sunday evening, Larson put in one of his most dominant performances to win the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, clinching his maiden NASCAR win in the Hendrick Motorsports car.

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The new No. 5 car driver was always a major contender on the 1.5-mile tracks, and he showed exactly why he is good there. Larson was among the leaders from the opening lap itself, as pole-sitter Kevin Harvick fell behind right away.

Larson, driving in his first Cup race in the ‘Hendrickcars.com’ No. 5 car, was ecstatic at the performance of the Hendrick car. Drivers are always expected to do well in a Hendrick car, but when you add his talent to the frame, such impressive runs become a quite a common occurrence.

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Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) crosses the finish line to win the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It was such an awesome race car. Cliff and everybody did a great job preparing this piece,” Larson said in his interview on the track, right after his race.

“It was so much fun to drive, I could go wherever I wanted to. I knew we had a very good car once we kind of get single-filed out,” he added.

Kyle Larson thankful to Hendrick and Jeff Gordon for the ‘gift’

Not long ago, Larson did not know if he would get another chance to compete for a NASCAR Cup win again. He thanked Rick Hendrick and HMS legend Jeff Gordon for the opportunity and proved his worth to them in the best way possible.

Thank you so much, Mr. H, Jeff Gordon, everybody at Hendrick Motorsports for the amazing opportunity I’ve been gifted…This is definitely special. It’s blessed,” Larson said further.

The opening stage of Sunday’s race, in particular, was one of the most entertaining passages in a long time. The top drivers fought hard all race, and Larson’s biggest challenge came from Brad Keselowski, who finished second.

Larson comes out on top after some ‘fun racing’ in Las Vegas

Kyle enjoyed the competitive racing action in Las Vegas, acknowledging that he was given a ‘run for his money’ on the day.

Mar 7, 2021; 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

That was some fun racing on the restart. I hope everybody enjoyed it, I know I did. Had fun racing Brad and Denny and everybody, and try giving it away there on the green flag stop.

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“But thankfully, we were able to have a good enough car to hold them all off,” Larson concluded.

With this win, Larson books his place in the playoffs once again. The season is just four races young, and with this car, Larson is expected to bring in many more big performances, especially at the Bristol dirt race later this month.

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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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