Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The winless 2018 campaign was a bit puzzling and even frustrating for Larson. He still nabbed 12 Top-5 and 19 Top-10 finishes, with half of the dozen Top 5s being runner-up finishes. The Chip Ganassi Racing star was very close to winning on several occasions last year, so the winless campaign is a bit of a hollow tag. However, it could be the downgrade and poor optics that make Larson very affordable in fantasy racing drafts in 2019. Outside of the lack of wins, he still posted totals consistent with his previous three seasons. Larson is poised to pop at some point and wildly exceed expectations and recent statistical trends. Could it be this season? Very likely, as the team has one year under their belts with the new Camaro. The No. 42 CGR team seemed to the be the quickest Chevy outfit to adapt to the new car. That experience and easier transition should pay dividends in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
Wins Preliminary Feature at Chili Bowl
NASCAR Cup
January 15, 2020
Larson moved closer to his first Chili Bowl Nationals crown by winning his preliminary feature Tuesday night. The win advances him to Saturday night's main event at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, NBC Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Larson's quest to win his first Chili Bowl Nationals came one step closer to becoming a reality Tuesday night. He snagged his sixth-career preliminary final win and advanced into Saturday night's main event. The talented Chip Ganassi racer has always been a wildly talented driver on dirt, and proved it again Tuesday night. Saturday night may prove to be his best shot ever at winning this prestigious Midget racing event.
Read More News
Racing Stats
Loading Racing Stats...
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kyle Larson
NASCAR Draft Kit: Final 2019 Loop Stats
15 days ago
Check out how every driver stacked up last season on NASCAR's top circuit, including Martin Truex Jr., who came oh-so-close to the top spot in Cup points.
NASCAR Draft Kit: 2020 Driver Projections
15 days ago
Mark Taylor projects wins, poles and more for all of NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup drivers for this season. Check out the sortable rankings now.
NASCAR Draft Kit: 2020 Driver Rankings
15 days ago
Mark Taylor ranks the 2020 NASCAR drivers as Kyle Busch is cemented his racing legacy with a Cup Series championship last season.
NASCAR Barometer: Busch Wins Second Championship
61 days ago
Another season is in the books, as Kyle Busch won his second Cup title at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and drivers now start to focus on racing again in February.
DraftKings: Ford EcoBoost 400
63 days ago
Denny Hamlin has more Homestead wins than the other championship contenders and will start on pole in Sunday’s season finale.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2014
2008
Everyone thought Larson had his breakout season in 2016, but it was actually last year that he made the big splash. Four victories and 20 Top-10 finishes later, most fans have a higher respect for the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Larson dominated the first half of last season and was well on his way to challenging for the championship, until a meltdown late in the Chase for the Cup put the young driver out of the playoffs. Larson will use that as motivation for next season. He demonstrated that fire and desire in the season finale at Homestead by leading 145 laps and finishing third in the final race of last season. Larson should carry that momentum forward into 2018. He and crew chief Chad Johnston are hitting on all cylinders and expectations to win are now on the No. 42 team.
We've always known that Larson had some major potential and we got to see glimpses of it in 2016. He grabbed his first-career victory with a thrilling win at Michigan in the late summer. Larson also posted a career-best 10 Top-5 finishes to go along with his first-ever Chase for the Cup berth. Yes, the Chip Ganassi Racing youngster really turned some heads after starting last season a bit slowly. The area where Larson needs to improve would be his consistency from week to week. Last season it seemed he could finish runner-up and contend for the win one week, and the very next he'd struggle to finish in the Top 20. We believe this to be more on the team and less on Larson if we had to guess. The Chip Ganassi No. 42 team needs to step it up to give this young driver better cars on a week-to-week basis, but it's clear they're heading in the right direction.
Sophomore seasons are always tough on Sprint Cup Series youngsters. Larson certainly had his ups-and-downs last year. His 10 top-10 finishes and 19th-place finish in the final driver standings fell short of expectations. The good news is that Larson can only go up from here, and he's a great buy-low fantasy racing candidate in 2016. Chad Johnston has been hired to crew chief the No. 42 team and get things headed back in the right direction in this racing camp. It is a good move considering that the last quarter of last season was nothing to write home about for Larson and the team. We've been waiting a long time for him to break through to his first-career victory and it could happen in 2016. Needless to say, we expect a Chase berth and a middle teen's top-10 performance for Larson this season.
The EGR development driver signed a deal to race the full Nationwide Series season with Turner Motorsports in their strong No. 32 team. Larson is the reigning K&N Pro Series East champion and he should challenge for Rookie of the Year in 2013.
More Fantasy News
Wins USAC Race at Bakersfield
NASCAR Cup
November 25, 2019
Larson became the first driver in 16 years to win back-to-back USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget features in the state of California on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway, picking off Michael Pickens for good on the 11th lap and commanding the final 20 laps to score his third series victory of the year, USACracing.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Top-5 Finish at Phoenix
NASCAR Cup
November 10, 2019
Larson finished fourth in the Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway Sunday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Cleared to race
NASCAR Cup
October 26, 2019
Larson has a fractured rib from his involvement in a crash at Talladega Superspeedway, but has been cleared to race in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Crash and DNF at Talladega
NASCAR Cup
October 15, 2019
Larson crashed and finished 39th in the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Monday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Wins Drydene 400
NASCAR Cup
October 6, 2019
Larson won the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.