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How many DNFs does Kyle Larson have?

Hendrick Motorsports driver and 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson is often seen as a force to be reckoned with on the track. The Elk Grove, Calif. native, who graduated from a dirt-racing background to the Cup Series initially with Chip Ganassi Racing before moving up the ranks to Hendrick Motorsports and winning the ultimate prize, is considered one of the most prominent icons of the younger fan base in the sport.

The 29-year-old is most notably seen behind the wheel of a blue and white livery #5 hendrickcars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 fielded by Rick Hendrick in the Cup Series. Larson’s dirt track racing exploits have also led to him having a unique driving style at the highest level of auto racing, where he is seen as a driver who can drive the high line on a racetrack better than anyone currently on the track.

Kyle Larson started driving outlaw karts in his childhood with hopes of making it into an open-wheel racing series like the NTT IndyCar Series, but opportunities pushed him toward a now successful NASCAR career. In a recent announcement, Larson also confirmed that he will appear in the famous Indy 500 in 2024, checking another item off his bucket list. He will attempt a successful Double-Duty in 2024, becoming the only driver since Kurt Busch to attempt the same feat in 2014.

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Ever since his debut in 2014, Kyle Larson has managed to collect 19 Cup Series victories with a total of 89 top-5s and 146 top-10s to his name. But with performances like wins, DNFs also come in a sport as volatile as NASCAR.


So how many DNFs does Kyle Larson have?

According to motorsportstats.com, Kyle Larson has had 41 DNFs in 295 starts throughout his stock car racing career. This makes for a 13.9% retirement rate throughout his 10-year career in NASCAR.

One of the most recent Cup Series DNFs came for Larson after he got together with Bubba Wallace Jr. last year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In an incident filled with controversy, Larson was seen hugging Wallace Jr. against the outer wall of the track, resulting in the latter crashing into it. In retaliation from Wallace Jr. both drivers later retired from the race as well as an altercation after the crash.

Watch Kyle Larson race next month in the highly anticipated 2023 Busch Light Clash at the LA Memorial Coliseum.

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