Kyle Larson’s Crew Chief Taught a Lesson in Resilience by Jimmie Johnson at Hendrick Motorsports

Published 11/20/2021, 2:23 AM EST
Nov 7, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) wins the Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports


Without a doubt, the Hendrick Motorsports team was thrilled to clinch the 2021 Cup Series title. According to the current crew chief and former crew chief of Jimmie Johnson, Cliff Daniels, he was just happy for his crewmates who worked tirelessly on the car all year. He, Kyle Larson, and the rest of the team worked hard to get to where they are now and thoroughly deserve the title.

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He said, “There was nobody who has better taught me this, than Jimmie Johnson himself. It’s all about the people on your team, it’s about the people at Hendrick Motorsports. The timing of how everything happened this year, we had fast cars, fast engines, great pitstops.

“Every department of Hendrick Motorsports, folks were locked arm-to-arm to go to battle every week. To give all four teams the best effort that they can give. I push the guys hard every week and they know that. We’re very much a family because we push, we may fight or bicker at time, but that’s part of being a team, part of being a family.”

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What else did the Hendrick Motorsports crew chief say?

According to Daniels, when they are successful, it is because they pushed themselves to the limit. He praised the organization for always having their backs. As a result, he is always glad to see their effort pay off in the end as they cap off a successful campaign. Now, the crew chief and the team will be looking forward to the 2022 season.

Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

This is because, the new season will bring with it a whole host of changes. It ranges from a brand new NextGen car, to a tweaked practice and qualifying format, to a new track to the calendar. Additionally, Kyle Larson will be highly motivated to gun for a second consecutive title. However, he will face stern competition from his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, and other teams as well.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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