ELK GROVE, CALIF. (September 11, 2018) – NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series (NMECS) driver Kyle Larson wrapped up a week on the west coast Thursday night after four straight evenings of racing. Monday and Tuesday, he competed in the Kyle Larson’s Outlaw Kart Showcase presented by BRANDT at Cycleland Speedway in Chico, Calif., earning a runner-up finish, followed up by the win in the finale. Wednesday, he competed with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore., and earned at top-10 finish. He rounded out his week on the dirt at the 360 Platinum Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., on Thursday that unfortunately resulted in a 20th-place DNF.
After a third-place finish in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Larson headed to his home state to compete in the Kyle Larson’s Outlaw Kart Showcase presented by BRANDT at Cycleland Speedway. Larson qualified sixth in Group B of the Open division’s time trials and won his heat race from the outside of the front row.
Monday’s special $1,000 to win Open feature included the top-10 qualifiers from both sessions of the Open division qualifying. The 10 pill was draw, to make it a completely inverted lineup and Larson started the 30-lap feature from 10th. The pilot of the BRANDT 1k started to work his way towards the front and was up to seventh on a lap 5 restart. By the halfway point, Larson was up inside the top-three. He restarted third after a caution on lap 20 and gained a position with four laps remaining, but was unable to catch the leader and finished in the runner-up spot.
The following night, Larson drew the 1 pill to start on the pole of the David Tarter/Tyler Wolf Dash for Cash, which he went on to win, earning the pole starting position for the 40-lap Open division Outlaw Kart Showcase feature event. Larson got the early lead, and survived multiple cautions to lead wire-to-wire and finally pick up the victory.
“It feels good to finally win this race,” exclaimed Larson. “I haven’t ever really run well in this event, but this is the best kart I’ve ever had here. I can’t thank Jimmy Elledge with QRC enough for putting together this kart for me. Also, thank a big thank you to BRANDT and everyone who helps make this event happen. I love coming back to Cycleland Speedway and I hope everyone enjoyed the event!”
The following night, Larson flew to Willamette Speedway to compete in his eighth World of Outlaws race of the season aboard the Silva Motorsports BRANDT/Chevrolet Accessories/Finley Farms/Priority Aviation No. 57. He qualified fourth and finished fifth in his heat race after an early spin. Larson started 13th on the grid for the 30-lap feature event and was able to advance to a sixth-place finish.
Thursday night at Silver Dollar Speedway, Larson qualified second for the first annual 360 Platinum Cup, advancing him directly into the dash. He started sixth in the eighth lap dash and finished fourth. Larson then started eighth for the 30-lap feature event and was inside the top-five by lap 2. On lap 13, while racing inside the top-three in heavy lapped traffic, Larson tried to avoid spinning lapped cars and flipped the Silva Motorsports No. 57 in turn 4, ending his night and relegating him to a 20th-place finish.
“I had a good time out on the west coast this week,” said Larson. “Sprint car racing didn’t go great for me, I ran sixth with the Outlaws in Oregon and tipped it over Thursday night at Silver Dollar Speedway, but it’s still always fun.”
Larson just wrapped up the NMECS Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 14th-place finish. He will head back to his home state for the 49er Gold Rush Classic pre-race party on Tuesday, September 11 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, Calif., before he heads to Las Vegas on Wednesday for NMECS Playoff obligations.