Larson held off his Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Chase Elliott in a two-lap additional time battle to safe the win in at Sonoma Raceway, however his victory by no means appeared significantly challenged.
Larson began on the pole, received each phases and led 57 of the 92 laps and was solely beneath menace when a late-race three-car wreck arrange an additional time interval. However after Elliott obtained shut within the first three turns, Larson was capable of draw back and keep comfortably out entrance.
The win is Larson’s third of the 2021 season and second consecutive triumph, having additionally received all three phases and the race final weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“Our automobile was superior all day, made my job rather a lot simpler than it has some days up to now,” Larson mentioned.
“The tyres, once they’d get scorching and cycle cool beneath yellow, I misplaced some entrance grip. I sort of missed my apexes in a couple of corners so Chase stayed on me longer than I wished him to however I used to be capable of get away for the final lap.
“It’s simply numerous onerous work [from Hendrick Motorsports]. It’s been placing in for a very long time now. A number of years in the past, for his or her requirements, they had been struggling. They dug down deep and we proceed to work onerous, too.
“I hope that is only the start of much more wins now.”
Larson’s crew chief, Cliff Daniels, mentioned the #5 group waivered from their technique regardless of the rash of cautions within the remaining stage.
“We caught to our technique initially of the race. The one factor we did totally different was not quick [pitting] Stage 2,” he mentioned. “We had a quick sufficient automobile we felt we may cross again up by there if we obtained Stage 2 factors.
“It paid off, which was nice, positively glad it did.”
Larson’s win is the fourth consecutive within the Cup by a Hendrick Motorsports driver and the fourth consecutive race Hendrick drivers have completed first and second in a race.
Martin Truex Jr – who had received the final two races at Sonoma previous to the COVID-19 pandemic – completed third for Joe Gibbs Racing, with Joey Logano in fourth for Group Penske as Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) rounded out the top-five.
Kurt Busch took sixth for Chip Ganassi Racing forward of team-mate Ross Chastain, as Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing), Alex Bowman (Hendrick Motorsports) and Ryan Blaney (Group Penske) accomplished the highest 10.