Kyle Larson is in scintillating form this season and has reached a personal best before NASCAR Cup Series reached its halfway mark.
The No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports driver has already registered four Cup race wins, in addition to his All-Star Race win. He has won three consecutive Cup races going into Pocono Raceway.
Along with his race wins, Larson has set a personal record for most laps led, with just 17 races into the season.
Since 2014, Larson has been on an improving run in terms of this record with his highest before this season coming in 2017 with 1,352 laps led. The following two seasons was a dip in performance from the former Chip Ganassi Racing driver and his 2020 season was abrupted by his suspension from NASCAR racing.
This season, he has returned to his peak form with Hendrick Motorsports and has already led 1,426 laps with a lot to still race for.
'@KyleLarsonRacin passed his career high for laps led in a single season.
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) June 21, 2021
There are still nine races left in the regular season. Given his performance so far, it is safe to assume that Larson will go deep into the playoffs and even has a fair chance of winning his first championship.
He is currently second in the series standings, behind Denny Hamlin by just 10 points.