NASCAR: Kyle Larson’s Win at Coca-Cola 600 Breaks Historic Record

by Quentin Blount
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NASCAR driver Kyle Larson dominated the field and his teammates on Sunday evening to bring home the win at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Larson, of course, is the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports. And with his big win at Charlotte, he helped give Hendrick Motorsports a record-setting 269th win. That number just edges out Petty Enterprises. As a result, owner Rick Hendrick on Petty and what his legacy means to the sport.

“Unbelievable,” Hendrick said. “I can’t get in my brain around it right now. Richard Petty is the king of NASCAR, and he has done so much for this sport.”

The first win for Rick Hendrick as a NASCAR Cup Series owner came back in 1984. That’s when Geoff Bodine won the Sovran Bank 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

“With nearly 40 years of excellence, Hendrick Motorsports has set the gold standard for race team success,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said. “Rick Hendrick has already cemented his legacy as a NASCAR Hall of Famer, and now adds another incredible accomplishment to an exemplary NASCAR career.”

Hendrick Motorsports Becomes the Winningest Team in NASCAR Cup Series History

It is only right that Kyle Larson was driving the No. 5 car on Sunday to help make Hendrick Motorsports the sport’s most winningest team. That is the same number that Bodine had on his car a few decades ago.

According to NASCAR.com, Larson said that he was glad he could be the one to help Hendrick break that record.

“It’s been better than I ever could have imagined,” Larson said. “For us to lead as many laps as we’ve got this year (a series-best 1,105), to contend for as many wins as we have, and now to get our second win in a crown-jewel event, too, it feels great. “I’m just very lucky that Mr. H was able to put a deal (together) for me. It’s just awesome. I’m living a dream for sure.”

And as for Hendrick, he really didn’t care which one of his four Cup drivers won the Coca-Cola 600. He was just happy that one of them did, in fact, win. Even though it was Larson that is getting the attention now, each of his teammates ran well on Sunday and had a chance to win. All four of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers wound up finishing in the top five. Chase Elliott came in second, William Byron in fourth, and Alex Bowman in fifth.

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