WHAT OFF SEASON: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) standout, Kyle Larson, will make his fourth trip to New Zealand to compete in the United Truck Parts International Midget Series for Harley Taylor in the No. 1USA. Larson will compete at Huntly PlaceMakers Speedway, Baypark Family Speedway and four additional events at Western Springs Speedway.
NEW ZEALAND SUCCESS: The Elk Grove Calif., native hopes to pick up where he left off and continue his streak of strong runs Down Under. Last season, he won three of the four races that were able to be completed including the World 30 lapper, World 50 lapper and King of the Springs at Western Springs Speedway. Larson also won four of the five races during his 2012/2013 season at Western Springs Speedway and the Boxing Day Bash during his 2011/2012 season.
OFF SEASON RECAP: Since the 2018 NMECS season wrapped up at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November, the 26-year-old has been able to get back to his dirt racing roots. Larson competed in the 78th-running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway where he qualified third, locking himself into the 98-lap feature event where he led 35 laps before finishing in the runner-up position. A couple weeks later, Larson competed in the inaugural midget event at Gateway Dirt Nationals in St. Louis, Mo. He finished in the runner-up position in the second of two preliminary events on Friday and finished 17th in Saturday’s feature after hitting one of the infield tires while running second on the final lap.
- December 26, 2018 – Boxing Day Bash | Western Springs Speedway – Auckland, NZ
- December 28, 2018 – United Truck Parts 40 Lapper | Baypark Family Speedway – Tauranga, NZ
- December 30, 2018 – World 30 Lap Derby | Western Springs Speedway – Auckland, NZ
- January 1, 2019 – United Truck Parts 40 Lapper | Huntly PlaceMakers Speedway – Huntly, NZ
- January 3, 2019 – King of the Springs | Western Springs Speedway – Auckland, NZ
- January 5, 2019 – World 50 Lapper | Western Springs Speedway – Auckland, NZ
RACE INFORMATION: For more information on the United Truck Parts International Midget Series at Western Springs Speedway as well as the events at Huntly PlaceMakers Speedway and Baypark Family Speedway, please visit www.springsspeedway.com. Outside of New Zealand, live pay-per-view streaming of the four events at Western Springs Speedway will be available on Speed Shift TV.
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