Story By: JON EDWARDS / HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS – CONCORD, NC – The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion’s resume now includes the Eastern Motorsport Press Association Al Holbert Memorial National Driver of the Year honors for the second year in a row.
Larson was named the EMPA’s 2020 Driver of the Year, and his 2021 award marks just the second time in the organization’s history that a driver has been honored in consecutive years. World of Outlaws driver Donny Schatz won it in 2014 and 2015.
In 2021, Larson won a series-leading 10 points-paying Cup events and the NASCAR All-Star Race. He added 22 more wins on dirt tracks across the country.
“It’s a really cool honor to win this award in back-to-back seasons,” Larson said. “The past two years I’ve been fortunate to win a lot of races and my first Cup championship in 2021.”
Voted on by the EMPA’s members, Larson won the prestigious Driver of the Year award by a wide margin over late model racer Brandon Overton, IndyCar’s Alex Palou, NHRA’s John Force and World of Outlaws’ Brad Sweet.
Since its founding in 1969, the EMPA has become one of the largest motor sports media organizations in the United States with more than 250 members.