Sunday, June 4, 2023

Inspection Complete: Kyle Larson Officially Becomes 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion

Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane as NASCAR President Steve Phelps looks on after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 07, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Post-race technical inspection following Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race has been completed.

Kyle Larson’s race-winning No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro has passed. As a result, NASCAR has declared him and his team the official winners of the race.

With the win, Larson’s 10th of the 2021 season, he becomes the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion. Larson is now a 16-time winner in NASCAR Cup Series competition.

No issues were detected in post-race inspection, which means all results and standings following Sunday’s race are now considered official.

Martin Truex Jr. is the runner up in the championship standings, Denny Hamlin is third and Chase Elliott ended up fourth.

Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Matt DiBenedetto each had one lug nut not secure, meaning crew chiefs Jeremy Bullins, Cliff Daniels, Chris Gabehart, James Small, and Jonathan Hassler will receive a monetary fine.

Kyle Busch’s No. 18 had two lug nuts not secured, which will likely (pending NASCAR confirmation) result in a one-race suspension for Ben Beshore, carrying over into 2022.

Race Results

Driver Points

Owner Points

Race Recap / Video Highlights

Video: Bubba Wallace Shows Anger With Corey LaJoie After Being Wrecked Early at Phoenix

Video: Chase Briscoe Cuts Left Rear Tire, Backs Hard Into Wall at Phoenix

Video: Anthony Alfredo’s Big Impact Hands Lead, Control of Championship Race to Martin Truex Jr.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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