“Most Dominant” – Former NASCAR Champ Feels Kyle Larson Will Win Most Cup Races in 2021

Published 02/16/2021, 8:45 AM EST
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Late in October 2020, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Kyle Larson was going to pilot their No. 5 car entry in the 2021 Cup Series season. Many fans were understandably pleased for one of the most talented drivers in NASCAR.

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Having won the 2014 Xfinity Series ‘Rookie of the Year’, Larson really came into his own with Chip Ganassi Racing in the Cup Series. Winning six races and accumulating a number of Top 10 finishes, the 28-year-old certainly knows how to get the job done at the highest level.

For his experience in the division and his transfer to a premier team, Matt Kenseth believes Larson would be the car to beat in 2021. He also details why he believes that to be the case.

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Kyle Larson will be more focused than he’s ever been, said Matt Kenseth

Kenseth stated, “My pick for the most race wins this year and the most dominant car is Kyle Larson. I just feel like he’s gonna knock it out of the park.

“He’s one of the most talented drivers out there to start with. And now he’s with a really great team, which was a really, really great team before.”

Ready to take on another week @DAYTONA – road-course style. 👊#MondayMotivation | @NationsGuard | @KyleLarsonRacin pic.twitter.com/ckn8SMVTJl

— Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) February 15, 2021

Larson staked his claim in the short and dirt tracks racing events last year. Having done exceptionally well, he earned the move to Hendrick Motorsports, where he now teams up with the likes of Bowman, Byron, and 2020 Cup champ, Chase Elliott.

“But he’s also had kind of a year off. I think he’s gonna have extra motivation. He’s going to work harder, and he’s going to be more focused than he’s ever been.”

Larson secured 10th place on his Hendrick Motorsports debut in the 2021 Daytona 500

“And I just feel like he’s going to be really hard to beat. I feel like he’s going to be the car to beat this year in my opinion,” concluded Kenseth.

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BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cars 3/Target Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Although the start of the race did not go per expectations for Larson, he made up track positions in the second stage. Heading into the last stretch, he made sure he stayed clear of the final lap crash and came home in 10th place.

So while the start has been decent from Larson, the team will expect him to put up an even better show in the forthcoming races. In doing so, he would just prove why Mr. Rick Hendrick made the right decision of choosing him.

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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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