NASCAR: Series Cup Frontrunner Kyle Larson Starting from Last at Daytona After Inspection Failure

by Joe Rutland

Tough news on Saturday for NASCAR Series Cup leader Kyle Larson. He’s getting moved down to last for failing inspection at Daytona.

The Coke Zero Sugar 400 will be run on Sunday at famed Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. But Larson is going to have to make a run from the bottom of the NASCAR lineup.

He was in the pole position, too. NASCAR released news about Larson’s failure in a post on their Twitter account.

Kyle Larson picked up a victory earlier this month at Watkin Glens, N.Y. He also has a couple of other wins this NASCAR season. Another victory almost reached Larson’s pocket at Pocono. But a last-lap flat tire pushed him to the side, allowing Alex Bowman to pick up that race’s victory flag.

In July, Larson signed an extension to keep driving for Hendrick Motorsports. This has been a solid season for him as Larson continues to score points in the NASCAR Series Cup standings. He will be driving in his usual No. 5 Chevrolet on Sunday.

It’s going to take a Herculean effort for him to pull out yet another victory. But he definitely has a nose for Victory Lane. Let’s see what happens on Sunday.

Kyle Larson Broke NASCAR Record With Coca-Cola 600 Victory

As we mentioned, Kyle Larson has been a consistent winner in the NASCAR Series Cup races in 2021. He also managed to break a long-held record after winning the Coca-Cola 600.

His win at the Charlotte Motor Speedway gave Hendrick Motorsports its 269th victory. Team owner Rick Hendrick’s team slides by Petty Enterprises and its owner, Richard Petty, for first place.

After news of the record-setting victory reached Hendrick, he couldn’t believe it happened.

“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 Petty name, from father Lee down to “The King” himself, is synonymous with victory. So seeing Hendrick move past Petty’s team in that win column probably surprised some NASCAR fans.

Larson, according to, said that he was glad to help Hendrick break that record.

“It’s been better than I ever could have imagined,” he 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.”

Outsiders in love with NASCAR probably would like to have those types of winning experiences in their lives, too.