NASCAR – Kyle Larson, the season’s most dominant driver in the NASCAR Cup Series from start to finish, completed his run to the top by winning the 2021 championship Sunday at Phoenix Raceway.
Larson finished ahead of his fellow Championship 4 contenders — defending champion Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin — at the 1-mile track to claim the crown in his first season driving the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
The championship comes a year and a half after Larson used a racial slur while competing in an iRacing event during the pandemic shutdown in April 2020. Larson was suspended from NASCAR, lost his job driving Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet and did not race in NASCAR again until this year after being reinstated in October 2020. – IMAGE AND STORY COURTESY NASCAR.COM