Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson
28-Year-Old Driver  
Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Motorsports
2021 Fantasy Outlook
2020 was a tough season for a lot of drivers, but none more troublesome than Larson. He got off to a fast start last year, posting Top 10s in three of the first four races of the schedule. At that point things came to a halt due to COVID. In the void of actual racing, iRacing blossomed in popularity for several weeks. Larson would grab headlines for the wrong reason during this time, and the rest is history. The former Chip Ganassi Racing star served his community service and went through sensitivity training and found a path back into the sport he loves so dearly. Shortly after NASCAR reinstated him, Hendrick Motorsports jumped at the opportunity to sign him for the No. 5 team. Cliff Daniels will serve as crew chief, and he and Larson will look to win races right away. We expect the duo will find a way into victory lane at least once in 2021 and likely challenge the 20 Top-10 plateau as well. Read Past Outlooks
Crash and Poor Finish at Bristol
NASCAR Cup
March 29, 2021
Larson crashed and struggled to finish 29th in the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
A very popular top contender in this first Bristol dirt race was Larson. He would start from the rear of the field due to an engine change but would crack the Top 15 just 25 laps into the race. Things would turn sour quickly as the Hendrick Motorsports star would get wrapped up in a big, multi-car accident in turn 2 during lap 54. The damage would require pit road attention and cripple the remainder of Larson's race. He would limp home 29th by the checkered flag, 5 laps down to the leaders.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
2017
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2019 was a bit of a mixed bag for Larson and the Chip Ganassi Racing team. He broke a long winless streak with his surprising victory at Dover late in the year. Larson also registered a career-best sixth-place in the final driver standings after a deep drive into the Chase for the Cup. However, there were also some disappointments for the No. 42 Chevrolet team. Larson registered a four-season low in average finish (15.1) and a three-season low in terms of Top 10's with 17. Laps led were also a three-season low with 529 total for the campaign. Once again Larson will be one of the toughest drivers in the top tier to predict for 2020. There's so much potential with this driver and team, but Larson seems to get in his own way at times. It's difficult to expect consistency from a driver who's given us only one consistent season in his six-year career.
The winless 2018 campaign was a bit puzzling and even frustrating for Larson. He still nabbed 12 Top-5 and 19 Top-10 finishes, with half of the dozen Top 5s being runner-up finishes. The Chip Ganassi Racing star was very close to winning on several occasions last year, so the winless campaign is a bit of a hollow tag. However, it could be the downgrade and poor optics that make Larson very affordable in fantasy racing drafts in 2019. Outside of the lack of wins, he still posted totals consistent with his previous three seasons. Larson is poised to pop at some point and wildly exceed expectations and recent statistical trends. Could it be this season? Very likely, as the team has one year under their belts with the new Camaro. The No. 42 CGR team seemed to the be the quickest Chevy outfit to adapt to the new car. That experience and easier transition should pay dividends in 2019.
Everyone thought Larson had his breakout season in 2016, but it was actually last year that he made the big splash. Four victories and 20 Top-10 finishes later, most fans have a higher respect for the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Larson dominated the first half of last season and was well on his way to challenging for the championship, until a meltdown late in the Chase for the Cup put the young driver out of the playoffs. Larson will use that as motivation for next season. He demonstrated that fire and desire in the season finale at Homestead by leading 145 laps and finishing third in the final race of last season. Larson should carry that momentum forward into 2018. He and crew chief Chad Johnston are hitting on all cylinders and expectations to win are now on the No. 42 team.
We've always known that Larson had some major potential and we got to see glimpses of it in 2016. He grabbed his first-career victory with a thrilling win at Michigan in the late summer. Larson also posted a career-best 10 Top-5 finishes to go along with his first-ever Chase for the Cup berth. Yes, the Chip Ganassi Racing youngster really turned some heads after starting last season a bit slowly. The area where Larson needs to improve would be his consistency from week to week. Last season it seemed he could finish runner-up and contend for the win one week, and the very next he'd struggle to finish in the Top 20. We believe this to be more on the team and less on Larson if we had to guess. The Chip Ganassi No. 42 team needs to step it up to give this young driver better cars on a week-to-week basis, but it's clear they're heading in the right direction.
Sophomore seasons are always tough on Sprint Cup Series youngsters. Larson certainly had his ups-and-downs last year. His 10 top-10 finishes and 19th-place finish in the final driver standings fell short of expectations. The good news is that Larson can only go up from here, and he's a great buy-low fantasy racing candidate in 2016. Chad Johnston has been hired to crew chief the No. 42 team and get things headed back in the right direction in this racing camp. It is a good move considering that the last quarter of last season was nothing to write home about for Larson and the team. We've been waiting a long time for him to break through to his first-career victory and it could happen in 2016. Needless to say, we expect a Chase berth and a middle teen's top-10 performance for Larson this season.
The EGR development driver signed a deal to race the full Nationwide Series season with Turner Motorsports in their strong No. 32 team. Larson is the reigning K&N Pro Series East champion and he should challenge for Rookie of the Year in 2013.
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Moving to back of field
NASCAR Cup
March 29, 2021
Larson will move to the rear of the field for Monday's Food City Dirt Race at Bristol due to an engine change, Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic reports.
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Awarded Bristol Dirt Pole
NASCAR Cup
March 27, 2021
Larson was awarded the pole position for the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Engine Change
NASCAR Cup
March 27, 2021
Larson, one of the favorites for Sunday's Cup race on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway, will start at the rear of the 39-car field after an engine change Friday, NBC Sports reports.
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Runner-up Finish at Atlanta
NASCAR Cup
March 21, 2021
Larson finished second in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Seventh at Phoenix
NASCAR Cup
March 15, 2021
Larson fought hard to reach the front of the pack during the Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway. He placed seventh after he started from the rear and was hit with two speeding penalties on pit road, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.
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