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Kyle “Yung Money” Larson: A Year To Remember

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Kyle Larson has always been a front runner in any racecar he straps into; whether it be a Sprint Car, Late Model, or a Stock Car, he is always a contender and a threat to win. This past season he showed everyone just how skilled he is behind the wheel and has dominated at every level. A season that will be discussed and remembered forever, a Season we may never see duplicated ever again.

First off, let’s refresh your memory on the events that led up to the impressive 2021 Season for Kyle Larson. In 2020, Kyle Larson’s incident occurred; Larson used a racial slur during an online race streamed on Twitch. Unfortunately, the video footage captured the racial slur, and Kyle found himself in hot water. Following the incident, Kyle Larson was now without a seat in Nascar. Chip Ganassi revoked Larson’s contract for the 2021 season, as he was now without a place to race together due to his actions on the stream.

Fast forward to the start of the 2021 dirt track racing season, where Kyle Larson made a name for himself for many years before getting his chance to drive for a Nascar team. With a point to prove after the online incident, Kyle Larson wasted no time showing that he had made a mistake and learned from it, then he began his journey to redemption.

After apologizing and taking steps to become a better person in his personal life, he set his sights on the 2021 sprint car Season with hopes of earning another chance to drive a Nascar.

BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 18: #5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Valvoline celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 61st Annual running of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on September 18, 2021, at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Kyle Larson has always had his race team in non-winged sprint cars; however, he got hired to drive the number 57 Winged sprint car for car owner Paul Silva in 2021. Kyle began his dominating 2021 season as he went on to win 10 out of 24 winged sprint car races; he added four midget wins and three late-model victories. He finished in the top ten 20 times and had 17 top 5 finishes setting records race after race.

The 2021 Nascar Season was approaching. Thanks primarily to his impressive performance on the dirt, he received an offer from Rick Hendrick, the owner of the Hendrick Motorsports team. Thus, Kyle Larson got his second chance when offered a contract to drive the number 5 Hendrick Motorsports car.

Pulling double duty as he continued to dominate on the dirt tracks, he began his Nascar season and showed no slowing down. Kyle Larson racked up five wins this past season while finishing with 14 top 5 finishes and 18 top 10 finishes. In his first season back, he had earned the Nascar Regular Season Championship title. That is where we are now as the Nascar Playoffs are currently underway; Kyle Larson took the win in the most recent playoff race at Bristol Motor Speedway, putting him on top of the leader board in the round of 12.

Kyle Larson is without a doubt a fan favorite wherever he goes; with his “send it” driving style, there is never a shortage of excitement. With all the wins and impressive performances, this will go down as one of the greatest seasons many racers and fans have seen.

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