Corey LaJoie posed a question on his Stacking Pennies Podcast this week. What Does Kyle Larson have to do if he wants to be considered the GOAT of stock car racing?
LaJoie’s take was 60+ wins and 5+ championships would put Larson in that conversation. Co-host Ryan Flores said that Larson needs to at least equal Jimmie Johnson with 84 wins and seven championships.
Could Larson become the GOAT at some point in his career? Fans on Twitter elected to offer their insight on the debate.
In the Stands
Andrew with a resounding no.
Gio T says it is possible with these accomplishments.
Matt Smith says there is a path.
Mark Santini says Jimmie Johnson is the bar for success.
According to Andrew Yockman, there is a difference between being in the conversation and being in serious consideration.
David Klineburger says he needs more time before he can seriously consider.
OnTheHighSide says that there has been a change in parameters since Larson drives in a different era.
Larson currently had 21 wins in 308 starts.
It is theoretically possible.
Sterling LeBlanc says the standards are slightly higher than what LaJoie originally put together,
JuniorJenkins believe this debate is potentially not worth having, and even says that Richard Petty is not in the conversation with being the GOAT.
Rich Kosco says that Larson must pass Johnson, Earnhardt and Petty in terms of championships.
WDWDVC says that Larson is the greatest of all time because of his versatility, but also says a NASCAR GOAT is hard to determine because of the modern format.
Would F1 dare?
Wonderskill says the GOAT is Richard Petty and Larson will never come close.
Vaedavid does not believe Larson could be the GOAT.
It is obviously way too early in his career to definitively say that Larson is the GOAT. However, he likely has the best opportunity of any current driver to be in that conversation. Time will tell where Larson ultimately ends up.