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Kyle Larson signs extension with Hendrick Motorsports

Motormouths previews this week's NASCAR Playoff race at Bristol Motor Speedway and whether Chase Elliott can follow up his top regular season finish into a championship.

Reigning Cup champion Kyle Larson and sponsor have signed contract extensions through the 2026 season to remain with the No. 5 car at Hendrick Motorsports, the team announced Friday.

Larson’s contract was to have expired after the 2023 season. will remain the team’s 35-race majority partner and continue its support of Larson in all non-NASCAR events he competes.

“When Kyle joined our team, the expectations were sky high from both inside and outside the organization. To say he’s exceeded them would be an understatement,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman and CEO of Hendrick Automotive Group, in a statement.

“Not only has Kyle proven himself as a champion driver, he’s performed at a championship level outside of the race car. We’re proud to continue our relationship and to see him represent our team and our brands in such positive ways. The years to come are very bright.”

Said Larson in a statement: “I can’t explain how much this opportunity means. 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.”

Larson needs to score 29 points in Saturday night’s Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on USA Network) to guarantee advancement to the second round of the Cup playoffs.