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kyle larson

On October 28, 2020, it was announced that Hendrick Motorsports signed Larson to a multi-year deal to drive the No. 5 car starting in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. At the time of the announcement, it was also announced that the No. 5 car was not sponsored yet, though Hendrick announced that he would self-sponsor the car through his HendrickCars.com and NationsGuard companies until they found long-term sponsors.[88] It was also announced later on that, although Hendrick normally did not allow their drivers to race anywhere other than their NASCAR team, the team negotiated a clause in the contract allowing Larson to continue racing dirt races, provided that he focused primarily on the Cup program. In only his fourth start with HMS, Larson won at Las Vegas;[90] he had finished second a NASCAR-record nine times on 1.5-mile tracks prior to the victory.] At The Coca-Cola 600, Larson dominated the race, leading 327 of 400 laps on his way to his second victory of the season. Larson's victory was the 269th career Cup victory for Hendrick Motorsports, surpassing Petty Enterprises for the most Cup victories as a race team in NASCAR history. The following race in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, Larson won the race dominantly, leading 58 of the 90 laps, his 9th career victory. A week later, Larson also became the 9th driver to win the All-Star Race more than once after starting from the pole, passing Chase Elliott during the final segment, and holding off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski to claim his second million-dollar check. Larson also became the 8th driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to win the Coca-Cola 600 and the All-Star race in the same season. Larson earned his 10th career win at Nashville, leading 264 of 300 laps and winning a third consecutive race (All-Star races, as they are not points-paying, are not included). At the Pocono doubleheader the following week later, Larson was on the verge of becoming the 9th driver in the Modern Era (since 1972) to win four consecutive points races as well as his first Cup victories at the track until he blew a tire and hit the wall going into Turn 3 during the final lap of the 1st race, which resulted in teammate Alex Bowman claiming the victory while Larson was able to cross the finish line in 9th place. Despite resorting to a backup car the following day as a result of the incident, Larson rebounded to finish 2nd to Kyle Busch after a fuel gamble.

At Road America, Larson appeared to be in line for a Top 5 finish before being accidentally spun by Bowman, who had lost his brakes. Larson would finish 16th, while Bowman would finish 22nd after being forced to pit due to tire rub. The next week at Atlanta, Larson was running 4th before being penalized for speeding on the final round of pit stops, finishing 18th. He would finish 7th at New Hampshire, the highest placing Chevrolet in the field.

On August 8, 2021, Larson passed Martin Truex Jr. for the lead during the final pit cycle at Watkins Glen and once again held off his teammate Chase Elliott to capture his fifth win of the season, a career-high.

After the Watkins Glen race, Larson and Denny Hamlin were tied for the points lead in the Regular Season standings. Larson moved up to 1st in the regular-season standings after Hamlin got spun out by Chase Briscoe at the Indianapolis road course. Following the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, Larson clinched the Regular Season Championship.[

Entering the Round of 16, Larson would lead the most laps at Darlington but finished 2nd to Hamlin. Following a 6th place finish at Richmond, Larson would lead 175 laps and make a pass on Kevin Harvick to win his 6th race of the season at Bristol. His win would somewhat be overshadowed by an altercation between Harvick and Chase Elliott after the race due to an on-track incident.

In the Round of 12, Larson finished 10th at Las Vegas and 37th at Talladega. At the Charlotte Roval race, Larson overcame early technical issues to pass Hamlin for the lead with eight laps to go and would go on and win his 7th race of the season. Larson's victory at the Charlotte Roval and earlier victories at Sonoma and Watkins Glen made him the first driver in NASCAR Cup history to win three different road courses in the same season. Larson also became the first driver since Kasey Kahne in 2006 to sweep both Charlotte races.

In the Round of 8, Larson won in dominating fashion in the 2021 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 8th win of the season to secure a spot in the Championship 4 for the first time. The following week, Larson earned his 9th win of the season in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Larson became the first Cup driver since Dale Earnhardt in 1987 to have two instances of winning three straight races.

In the 2021 Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway, Larson earned his tenth win of the season and became the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion over Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott. Larson became the first driver to have 10 wins and a championship in the same season since Jimmie Johnson did it during the 2007 season. Larson ended the 2021 season with 10 wins, 18 stage wins, 20 top fives, 26 top tens, and an average finish of 9.08.

On January 16, 2021, Larson won his second consecutive Chili Bowl Nationals over Justin Grant and Tanner Thorson. He then competed in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series' Winternationals for dirt late models, winning the series' season-opening event at All-Tech Raceway.] Larson won the third annual BC39 race against 74 USAC National Midgets at the dirt track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 19, 2021.On August 14, 2021 Larson won the Knoxville Nationals for the first time in his career

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2004Tony KanaanINDY RACING LEAGUESebastien Bourdais CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES
2005Sebastien BourdaisCHAMP CAR WORLD SERIESTony Stewart NASCAR
2006Sebastien BourdaisCHAMP CAR WORLD SERIESJimmie Johnson NASCAR
2007Jimmie Johnson NASCARDan Wheldon INDY RACING LEAGUE
2008Jimmie Johnson NASCARDario Franchitti INDY RACING LEAGUE
2009Dario Franchitti INDY RACING LEAGUEJimmie Johnson NASCAR
2010Jimmie Johnson NASCARBryan Clauson UNITED STATES AUTO CLUB
2011Bryan Clauson UNITED STATES AUTO CLUBTony Stewart NASCAR
2012Ryan  Hunter-ReayINDY RACING LEAGUEBrad Keselowski NASCAR
2013Kyle BuschNASCARJason Johnson AMERICAN SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION
2014Donny SchatzWorld of Outlaws Sprint Car  SeriesJoey Logano NASCAR
2015Erik Jones NASCARDonny Schatz World of Outlaws Sprint Car  Series
2016Bryan Clauson UNITED STATES AUTO CLUBCARL EDWARDS  NASCAR
2017MARTIN TRUEX JR.NASCARKyle Busch  NASCAR  
2018

Donny Schatz

World of Outlaws Sprint Car  SeriesELLIOT SADLER  NASCAR
2019

Aaron Reutzel

all star sprint serieslogan seavey powri midget series
2020

kyle larson

all star sprints, WOO SPRINTS, usacChase Elliott   NASCAR  
2021

kyle larson

NASCAReddie hoffman jr. woo late model series

 

Sam Mayer

rookie of the year honors go to Sam Mayer a 18-year-old who competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports, a team in which he is also a development driver for through their Drivers Edge Development program, and part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 75 Chevrolet Silverado for Henderson Motorsports as well as the No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado for Bret Holmes Racing

2004Aaron Pierce NAMARS
2005Joey Logano  Hooters Pro Cup Series
2006Justin Allgaier ARCA Series
2007Bryan Clauson USAC
2008Ryan Hunter-Reay Indy Racing League
2009Bobby East USAC
2010Chase Elliott ASA Late Model Series
2011Mark Lambert Advance Racing Association
2012Kyle Benjamin Championship Racing Association
2013Ross kenseth Championship Racing Association
2014Erik Jones ARCA Series
2015drew skillman NHRA
2016Cody Coughlin Championship Racing Association
2017willam byron nascar truck series
2018robert wickens Indy Racing League
2019Hailie  Deeganis K&N Pro Series
2020colton herta  Indy Racing League
2021Sam Mayer nascar truck series

the inland winged sprint car series

series of the year goes to the inland winged sprint car series which started in june of 2021 by several racers around the spokane washington area on opening night  there was 3500 fans on hand and the success just kept on coming thru the remainder of the season with randy dubois being crowned as the series first champion the 2022 series will include several new venues with hopefully larger car counts drivers like t.j. sneva, levi rose and chris ochs help put on some of the best pavement sprint car racing in the country 

2004

North American Auto Racing Series (NAMARS)

2005

Hooters Pro Cup Series (USAR)

2006

Hooters Pro Cup Series (USAR)

2007

Badger Midget Series

2008

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series

2009

ASA Late Model Series

2010

American Race Drivers Club (ARDC)

2011

United Auto  Racing Association (UARA)

2012

Vores Compact Touring Series

2013

American Motorcycle Association

2014

 ARCA/CRA SUPER SERIES

2015

american sprint car series

2016

fastrak racing series

2017

EXTREME SPRINT CAR SERIES

2018

Powri midget series

2019

The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS)

2020

World Of outlaw Sprint car series

2021inland winged sprint car series

Findlay Stadium Stateline Speedway

the track of the year goes to stateline speedway in Post Falls, IDaho  the track  opened in 1974. Before Luke Kjar bought the track in 2018, there had been  4 different sales of the property. a concert scheduled in July of 1976 became a disaster When 8,000 or so people came to the Speedway for the  rock concert that ended up being cancelled, angry concert fans set fire to the stage and all the concessions were burned to the ground as well. The concert was supposed to include bands like BTO and Heart and Blue Oyster Cult. When the event promoter took off with the money and tickets, the bands weren't getting paid, so they left. When fans got word there was no concert, a riot broke out.

2004

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis Indiana

2005

Daytona International Speedway  Daytona Beach Florida

2006

Chicagoland Speedway  Joliet Illinois

2007

Rockingham Speedway  Rockingham North Carolina

2008

Miami County Speedway   Peru Indiana

2009

Milwaukee Mile  Milwaukee Wisconsin

2010

Las Vegas Motor Speedway  Las Vegas Nevada

2011

Gas City I69 Speedway  Gas City Indiana

2012

Winchester Speedway Winchester Indiana

2013

Eldora Speedway   Rossburg Ohio

2014

perris auto speedway  Perris, CAlifornia

2015

Angell Park Speedway Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

2016

MACON SPEEDWAY     MACON, Illinois

2017

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK terre haute indiana

2018

knoxville raceway Knoxville, Iowa

2019

Ventura Raceway Ventura california

2020

every track in the united states  dealing with the covid 19 pandemic

2021stateline speedway Post Falls, IDaho

* Deceased

2022 inductees

*robin miller broadcast journalist

Darrell Waltrip three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion

Jimmie Johnson seven-time nascar Cup champion

ned jarrett two-time Grand National Series champion

Dario Franchitti three-time indianapolis 500 champion

*Joe Weatherly Grand National Series champion, AMA Grand National Champion

 

2021 inductees

*Floyd Clymer  magazine publisher, a racing promoter, an author, and a motorcycle manufacturer

*Theodore E. “Pop” Myers  Good Will Ambassador indianapolis motor speedway

*Floyd "Pop" Dreyer  the nation's top motorcycle rider in the 1920s

Floyd "Chip" Ganassi Jr. an American businessman, former racing driver

*Ron Watson, founder president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA)

*Roger McCluskey usac champion  driver.

 

2020 inductees

*bill Jenkins nhra champion

*Dale Armstrong IHRA Champion

TONY STEWART indy car and nascar champion

Jeff Gordon multiple nascar championionships

Ricky Carmichael AMA Supercross Champion

Bubba Stewart AMA Motocross Supercross Champion

2019 inductees

Dale Jarrett Winston Cup champion Daytona 500 Winner

*Alan Kulwicki nascar race driver

*Nicky Hayden AMA Superbike Champion

Hélio Castroneves 3 time indianapolis 500 winner

Sam Schimdt Indy racing league driver

Warren Johnson nhra champion

2018 inductees

*Wendell Scott pioneer African American driver

Janet Guthrie pioneer FEMALE driver first woman to participate at indianapolis

Willie T. Ribbs first African American driver to qualify for indianapolis 500

Nigel Mansell  Indy car world series and F-1 world Champion

Alain Prost four time F-1 world Champion

Niki Lauda  three time F-1 world Champion

2017 inductees

Tony George Indy Racing league founder

johnny rutherford  3 time indianapolis 500 winner

John Force nhra champion

*frank wheeler indianapolis motor speedway founder

*john marcum arca founder

*Arthur Newby  indianapolis motor speedway founder

 

2016 inductees

*Bryan Clauson OPEN WHEEL RACER

*Peter  Revson  Formula One and the Indianapolis 500.

*Alberto Ascari two time world champion

* Dan Wheldon 2 time Indianapolis 500  winner

Gordon Johncock 2 time Indianapolis 500  winner

Tom Sneva USAC NATIONAL CHAMPION INDIANAPOLIS 500 winnER

 

2015 inductees

Bradley "Buzz" Calkins winner 1st indy racing league event winner

Ralph  Liguori USAC AND NASCAR DRIVER

Bobby Allison Nascar Champion

John Young Jackie" Stewart three time world driving champion

Michael Schumacher 7 time world driving champion

*Ayrton Senna f-1 racing legend

 

2014 inductees

Arie Luyendyk 2 time indianapolis 500 winner

Mark Martin   nascar legend

Emerson Fittipaldi 2 Time Indianapolis 500 winner and F-1 Champion

*Roger McCluskey usac national champion

Rusty Wallace nascar champion

Joe'Amato  NHRA CHAMPION

2013 INDUCTEES

*Joe Leonard AMA and USAC National Champion

Charlie Patterson car owner "mr. racing everything"

*Bruce McLaren race-car Designer, Driver, Engineer and Inventor

Conrad "Connie" Kalitta Drag Racing Driver

*Rich Vogler USAC National Sprint Car and Midget champion

Robert Glenn "Junior" Johnson NASCAR Superstar

2012 INDUCTEES

*Gary Lee Racing Broadcaster

Tom Bigelow Open Wheel Legend

*Larry Rice Open Wheel Racing Legend

Johnny Parsons USAC Open Wheel Racer

*Jim Hurtubise Open Wheel Legend

Bill Elliott NASCAR National Champion

2011 INDUCTEES

Richard Day Most Respected Public Relations Person in the Sport

*James Allison Founder Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Mari Hulman George CEO Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Bob Jenkins Premier Broadcaster

*Sam Hanks 1957 Indianapolis 500 Winner

Howard Augustine "Humpy" Wheeler Track and Race Promoter

2010 INDUCTEES

* Harry Miller Race Car Designer

*Charlie Wiggins  Pioneer African American Race car driver

Cale Yarborough NASCAR Champion

*Sid Collins The Voice of the 500

Paul Page Broadcast Legend

* Art Pollard Indy Car Driver

2009 INDUCTEES

* Wally Parks The father of drag racing

*Rex Mays Indy Car Driver

*Clint Brawner Mechanic Race Car Designer

Donald Davidson Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian

Parnelli Jones Driver Owner 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner

*Ernest Schlausky A.K.A. CROCKY WRIGHT Motorsports Pioneer

2008 INDUCTEES

*GRAHAM HILL INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER WORLD DRIVING CHAMPION

 JOHN "JACK" BRABHAM  WORLD DRIVING CHAMPION 

*HENRY " SMOKEY" YUNICK  MECHANIC CAR DESIGNER

* MARION "MICKEY" THOMPSON  DRAG RACER OFF ROAD RACING CHAMPION

*Fred Offenhauser Automotive Engineer

A.J. Watson Car Designer

2007 INDUCTEES

* Bill France Jr. NASCAR Executive and Promoter

*Carl Fisher American entrepreneur Founder Indianapolis Motor Speedway

*Tom Carnegie Chief  announcer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 60 years.

*Henry Ford Race Car innovator

* Ralph  Depalma Indianapolis 500 winner and racing pioneer

 * Benny Parsons NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
 

2006 INDUCTEES

*CHRIS ECONOMAKI SPEED SPORT NEWS FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER

 SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY NHRA LEGEND 1ST WOMAN TO WIN MAJOR EVENT

DON PRUDHOMME NHRA DRIVER

STEVE KINSER 17 TIME WoO CHAMPION " KING OF THE SPRINTS"

*GEORGE BIGNOTTI 7 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER CHIEF MECHANIC

*COLIN CHAPMAN INFLUENTIAL DESIGNER, INVENTOR AND CAR BUILDER

2005 INDUCTEES

 *LEE PETTY LEGENDARY NASCAR DRIVER

 BOBBY UNSER  3 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*JIMMY BRYAN  USAC NATIONAL CHAMPION

*EDDIE SACHS SPRINT MIDGET DRIVER

 *TONY BETTENHAUSEN AAA NATIONAL CHAMPION

*MAURI ROSE 3 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

2004 INDUCTEES

*RAY HARROUN 1ST WINNER INDIANAPOLIS 500

DAVID " THE SILVER FOX" PEARSON 3 TIME NEXTEL CUP CHAMPION

*MARK DONOHUE SPORTS CAR DRIVER

DON " BIG DADDY" GARLITS NHRA CHAMPION

AL UNSER SR. DIRT TRACK MASTER 4 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER .

*BILL VUKOVICH SR. 2 INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

2003 INDUCTEES

*JIMMY CLARK 2 TIME F-1 CHAMPION AND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*GASTON CHEVROLET DRIVER INVENTOR

KENNY BERNSTEIN NHRA CHAMPION

*RODGER WARD 2 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

MARIO ANDRETTI  F-1 DAYTONA 500 AND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*JOHNNIE PARSONS SR AAA NATIONAL CHAMPION AND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

2002 INDUCTEES

MEL KENYON  " KING OF THE MIDGETS "

*BOB GLIDDEN ALL TIME NHRA WINNIEST DRIVER

ROGER PENSKE 14 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNING CAR OWNER

ANDY GRANATELLI STP FOUNDER DRIVER 

RICK  MEARS  4 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*LOU "Louie" Meyer first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500

*wilbur shaw  time indianapolis 500 winner

2001 INDUCTEES

*ANTON " TONY" HULMAN OWNER INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

*WILLIAM " BILL " FRANCE SR. FOUNDER NASCAR

RICHARD " THE KING" PETTY 7 TIME NASCAR CUP CHAMPION

ANTHONY JOSEPH " A.J." FOYT FIRST 4 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*DAN GURNEY F-1 NASCAR AND INDY CAR DRIVER

*DALE EARNHARDT 7 TIME NASCAR CUP CHAMPION

 

 

 

 
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