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WHAT OFF WEEK?: While most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) drivers will be enjoying this coming off weekend away from the racetrack, Kyle Larson will be vacationing in the Buckeye State for six nights of Ohio Speedweek competition with the All Star Circuit of Champions. The past three seasons, the Elk Grove, Calif., native has raced in a portion of Ohio Speedweek, scoring two victories each year.
ON TAP: Starting Friday, Larson will pilot the Silva Motorsports/ Chevrolet Accessories/ Finley Farms No. 57 at Attica Raceway Park followed up by the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg on Saturday. On Sunday, he will be competing at Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville and Wayne County Speedway in Orrville on Monday with Sharon Speedway in Hartford the following night. He will round off the six nights of action at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe on Wednesday before flying to his home state of California for the MENCS race at Sonoma Raceway.
2018 OHIO SPEEDWEEK: Last year, Larson started off the week at Attica Raceway Park where he led the opening 18 laps of the feature before finishing 23rd after slapping the wall, ending his night. He was able to rebound the following night at Eldora Speedway, earning his career-first winged 410 sprint car victory at the famed half-mile. Larson earned a runner-up score on Father’s Day Sunday at Waynesfield Raceway Park and another victory the following night at Wayne County Speedway. Tuesday night at Sharon Speedway, he gained eight positions in the feature to earn another runner-up finish. In his last Ohio Speedweek race of the week, Larson was the quickest qualifier in Group 2 of time trials, finished fourth in his heat race and sixth in the second dash before rain canceled the remainder of the night.
TWO-FOR-TWO: In 2017, Larson was only able to compete in two events during the eight race Ohio Speedweek stretch, but was victorious both nights. Monday night at Wayne County Speedway, he was the quickest qualifier in the opening group of time trials and won his heat race from the fourth starting spot. Larson went on to finish fourth in the second dash, earning him the eighth starting spot for the 30-lap feature event. He claimed the lead on lap 13 and never looked back. The following night at Sharon Speedway, Larson qualified fourth in Group 2 of qualifying before winning his heat race. He finished third in the second dash, lining him up to start the 30-lap feature event from the outside of Row 3. Larson claimed the top spot on lap 4 and led the remaining laps to earn his second feature win of the week.
2016 OHIO SPEEDWEEK STATS: Larson competed in six events during Ohio Speedweek in 2016, earning two victories and five podium finishes. He opened the six-race stint with a win at Attica Raceway Park and a second-place score at Waynesfield Raceway Park the first two nights. Larson finished third after starting ninth at Millstream Speedway in Findlay on Sunday night and earned another runner-up finish the following night at Wayne County Speedway. Larson’s only tally outside of the top-three came Tuesday night at Sharon Speedway where he finished sixth. He bookended the week with another victory coming at Atomic Speedway.
RACE INFORMATION: For more information on Ohio Speedweek, including tickets, please visit www.allstarsprint.com. If you are unable to make it to any of these events, they will all be available for live pay-per-view streaming on Speed Shift TV.
SILVA MOTORSPORTS: Silva Motorsports is owned by KLR general manager, Paul Silva, who also serves as the crew chief on the No. 57. Silva Motorsports would like to thank their partners, Chevrolet Accessories, Finley Farms, Priority Aviation, PROBILT Construction, CLT Logging, McDonald’s, Lucas Oil, Amerikote, Imperial Wagyu, Howard Johnson, Scott Shop Towels, Credit One Bank and Coca-Cola.
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