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Kyle Larson Staying With Hendrick Through 2026

Kyle Larson will remain with Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series through 2026, the team announced Friday, Sept. 16.

HendrickCars.com will also stay as a 35-race majority sponsor through ‘26.

The reigning Cup champion joined Hendrick in 2021 after he was let go from Chip Ganassi Racing in 2020. Larson amassed 10 wins, 20 top fives and 26 top 10s on his way to the title.

“I can’t explain how much this opportunity means,” Larson said in a team release. “The chance to compete for the top team and best sponsors in racing is something every driver dreams about. I’m humbled to have incredible people in my corner and amazing support from so many fans. Thanks to everyone at Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group for believing in me, Cliff and our team. Even though we’ve done some great things so far, I truly believe our best is ahead of us.”

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So far this season the 30-year-old earned two victories, 10 top fives and 14 top-10 finishes.

In his career, Larson has 18 wins, 86 top fives and 141 top 10s.

Earlier this year, teammates William Byron and Chase Elliott also extended their contracts with Hendrick.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor while continuing to write daily fantasy and news articles. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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Echo

Hey Childress, this is how you do it.

Bill B

Guess HMS wanted to make sure that no other teams could poach one of their drivers. Good move.

Jake

Jury is out on Bowman still

Echo

But not on the other three.

Echo

HMS already had Elliott and Byron signed long term. I have to laugh. It took an open mic to get Larson to a championship team and a championship winner. I bet this contract wasn’t cheap

Bill B

I bet Gordon was on the phone with him the day after Ganassi let him go. They probably formulated a plan for the road back. After all, it wasn’t like he committed a crime. A year off was about right. Heck, Deshaun Watson didn’t even get a year and he really did commit a crime.

kb

Shocking I say, shocking. UGH

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