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Kyle Larson wins on 17th anniversary of Hendrick plane crash

Larson is currently on a three-race win streak.
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Kyle Larson reacts in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kyle Larson drove to his ninth victory of the season and most meaningful to date in his new job with Hendrick Motorsports. 

Larson drove to victory lane at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, the 17th anniversary of a Hendrick plane crash that killed all 10 people aboard. 

The plane was traveling to a race in Virginia and among those killed was Rick Hendrick’s only son. Larson's No. 5 is stylized to resemble how the car looked when Ricky Hendrick drove it and team owner Hendrick texted Larson before the race to stress what a win would mean to him.

The win is also the ninth on the season for Larson. 

The NASCAR Cup Series continues on Sunday, Oct. 31, with the Infinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The race is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.