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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 22, 2019) – Last night, Elk Grove, Calif., native Kyle Larson kicked off the Fastest Four Days in Motorsports with two big wins at Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with the King of the West Series presented by the Northern Auto Racing Club (KWS/NARC) and POWRi/BCRA Midgets.
During his debut in his self-owned Kyle Larson Racing 1k midget, 27-year-old Larson earned quick time and advanced from sixth to finish third in the opening POWRi/BCRA Midget heat race. He quickly made his way into the runner-up position on the opening circuit of the 25-lap feature event and captured the lead the following lap. He went on to maintain the top spot to earn the victory.
“That was really cool” said Larson in Victory Lane. “It was the first night I’ve gotten to run my own midget. I’ve run for Keith and Pete for so long, so that it was just a really fun project. Paul has always wanted to work on a midget and it was a great car. We were able to get the lead early there and cruise. Paul and Hayden have been working really hard to get this thing put together, so I can’t thank them enough for that.”
Piloting the Silva Motorsports/ Chevrolet Accessories/ Finley Farms No. 57, Larson earned the second-quickest qualifying time to start the night, lining him up to start fourth in the second KWS/NARC heat race of the night. He was able to gain two positions in his heat race to earn a spot in the Pole Shuffle. Larson won the opening two rounds, but lost the duel in Round 3 to earn the fourth starting spot in the 30-lap feature event.
After starting the 30-lap feature event from the outside of the second row, Larson maintained his position in the top five. By lap 10, he broke inside the top three for a handful of laps before slipping back to fourth in heavy lapped traffic. The closing laps of the race was plagued with cautions, but that’s where Larson was able to gain positions. After a restart on lap 21, he was able to advance to third before the caution was again displayed the following lap. When the red flag came out for an accident on the back stretch on lap 25, Larson was up to second. On the ensuring restart, he was able to get a run and slide the leader in turn four to steal the lead, which he was able maintain until the end, earning his career-first 410 sprint car win at Placerville Speedway.
“I felt like I had a good car from the start,” said Larson after sweeping both feature events. “And I think that I could have got the lead earlier, but I made a mistake sliding Shane [Golobic]. Those restarts at the end really helped me, I was able to get by Andy [Forsberg] and TK [Tim Kaeding] the same way, then with Shane, I felt a little contact there off of turn four. I don’t know if it was dirty or not, you never want to make contact. But it feels good to get the win and I can’t thank all the fans for coming out and everyone who is putting on these events.”
Larson will be back in action tonight at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., for Thursday Night Thunder with the KWS/NARC 410 winged sprint cars. Live streaming will be available on Speed Shift TV.