Leading Laps Has Been Key To Kyle Larson’s NASCAR Cup Success In 2021 Season
Story By: HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS – CONCORD, NC – Kyle Larson, the driver of the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, has led 774 laps through 13 races – the most among all Cup competitors.
That total is the third-most Larson has led in a single season during his career and is just eight shy of his second-best total which he accomplished in 2018. His career-high of 1,352 laps led occurred in 36 races during the 2017 campaign.
HALFWAY THERE: Through 13 of 26 NASCAR Cup Series regular season races, Kyle Larson has one win, six top-five finishes (which rank second in the Cup Series), eight top-10s and currently sits fifth in the driver point standings. He has the most stage victories this season (six) of all Cup Series drivers and has accumulated 11 playoff points – the second-most of any driver.
FOUR SCORE: Larson has finished first or second in four of 13 races this season. The 2014 rookie of the year won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and posted second-place finishes at Dover International Speedway, Darlington Raceway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.
RC RACING: While this weekend marks NASCAR’s first event at Circuit of The Americas, Larson has 15 previous starts on road courses in the Cup Series including one top-five finish – fourth at Watkins Glen International in 2014 – and four top-10s. Larson has three pole positions – all at Sonoma Raceway – and two stage victories (third-most of all-time) in those starts. In sports cars, the 28-year-old driver competed in the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA for Chip Ganassi Racing from 2014 through 2016 and was victorious in 2015.
ROAD COURSE REARVIEW: Earlier this year on the DAYTONA Road Course, Larson was battling for second with just over seven laps to go when he spun into a tire barrier. While the No. 5 crew was able to fix the damage, the Elk Grove, California, native ultimately finished 30th in the 70-lap race.
NEARING A TOP-10: Larson has a 10.4 average running position in 2021 – the sixth-best average in the Cup Series. That average factors in position scored in all 3,745 laps run in NASCAR’s premier series this year. To better understand Larson’s average, 5% of it is scored as 40th since the No. 5 entry experienced engine issues at the start of the Talladega race and completed only three of 191 laps.
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