NASCAR Expert Believes Kyle Larson Will Be ‘In the Mix’ to Win Homestead-Miami Race This Weekend

Published 02/25/2021, 9:05 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


There has been a lot of attention surrounding Kyle Larson since his move to Hendrick Motorsports. With two races done and dusted, he has already shown some glimpses of his talent.

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This week, he will head to Homestead-Miami in pursuit of his first Cup win since 2019. Former Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett assessed why he could drive into Victory Lane this Sunday.

He stated, “I think that you have to look at Kyle Larson as being that person that everybody’s going to look at.

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“How’s he gonna perform, is he gonna be that Kyle Larson that we’ve always known, and talked about being able to go to Homestead in that situation. If he ever made it to the Championship 4 that he can win that race and become a champion.”

A win at Homestead-Miami probably means even more to Kyle Larson now, said Jarrett

Homestead-Miami is not typically a venue that crops up in the regular season and has been utilized largely for the Championship 4 races. But, without those title stakes and its allied pressure, Larson might well push through to win his first race in 2021.

For years, @kylelarsonracin was the driver many thought if he went to @homesteadmiami as a championship driver – he'd win the race and title.

In Larson's first race at Homestead without championship stakes, @DaleJarrett wonders if we'll see him get back in victory lane. pic.twitter.com/7mLEmmW8X3

— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) February 24, 2021

Jarrett continued, “So now, it probably means even more to him at this point in time in his career with everything that’s going on.”

“He’s back, he’s with Hendrick, has a great opportunity here. And there would be nothing better than for Kyle Larson to go on and get this first win out of the way in this 2021 season.”

Larson has had a mixed start to the 2021 Cup Series season

“So I think he’s gonna be in the mix. Can he pull it off? That will be interesting for us to watch as the laps wind down,” concluded Jarrett.

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AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 McDonald’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Considering he had stepped into a Cup car after nearly a year, Larson did well to clinch tenth in the Daytona 500. He was also in a great position to secure a top-three finish at the Daytona Road course prior to his wreck.

Hence, things are slowly shaping up to be a good season for the Hendrick Motorsports No.5. Only time will tell, however, if he can notch race wins and become a true title contender this year.

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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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