“Massive Joke” – Sour Reactions From NASCAR Fans to Kyle Larson’s Ranking in Prominent Top 50 Drivers List

Published 12/17/2021, 4:33 AM EST
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 11: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders at Richmond Raceway on September 11, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


One of the world’s biggest motorsports publications, Autosport, recently released its list of the Top 50 drivers of 2021. Autosport ranked drivers across all forms and leagues of motorsports in the world. And naturally, fans didn’t agree with the opinions of the experts; particularly with the ranking of NASCAR champion, Kyle Larson.

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The criticism of Larson’s ranking wasn’t that he was ranked eighth, but that he finished below drivers like Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

Neither driver was a championship contender in F1 at any given point and both of them didn’t win a single race in 2021. And Larson, who won the championship, broke several records with 10 wins in the season.

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Many fans considered this list as biased and some even called it a joke.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – AUGUST 14: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, waits in the garage area practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 14, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

What did the fans say to Kyle Larson finishing below the Ferrari duo?

One fan on Twitter wrote, “That list is bonkers they really put leclerc and sainz ahead of Larson coke to think of it the top 3 should be Larson because of how much winning he did in different cars, Verstappen then hamilton.”

Another wrote, “This ranking is a massive joke.”

And one even went as far as to say that, “Autosport lost any credibility they had with that list.”

But the outrage continued on Reddit as well. One person commented how there’s a bias for open-wheel racing.

It read, “There’s clearly open-wheel bias on this list, but beyond that even their open-wheel rankings suck.”

Another wrote, “This list is about as dumb as it gets. The F1 champion is behind the guy who finished 2nd to him and they have F1 drivers ahead of Larson who didn’t even win a single race. What a joke.”

One fan really put a comprehensive evaluation of the Larson-Sainz-Leclerc discourse.

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“Just a couple things from F1…Hamilton over Verstappen? Leclerc over Sainz? Also, regarding NASCAR, how can Truex make it but Hamlin not? It’s like the author had a quota of 2 NASCAR drivers and just looked at the championship standings.”

Understandably, Kyle Larson’s fans are disappointed with his position on the list.

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But it’s just a list, and what’s important is that nothing can take away from Larson’s success in 2021. Neither the praise nor the criticism.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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