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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 1, 2019) – The Kyle Larson Racing team wrapped up two nights of competition with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway last night. KLR driver, Carson Macedo, rebounded with a top-10 score Thursday night from late race trouble in Wednesday’s feature event, while KLR team owner and NASCAR star, Kyle Larson, earned two top-10 finishes.
Wednesday night, the Lemoore, Calif., native qualified eighth in the opening flight of time trials and finished fourth in his heat race. Macedo lined up 15th on the starting grid for the 30-lap feature event. After a restart on lap 26 while running just inside the top 10, another competitor spun in front of Macedo and he was unable to avoid contact. Unfortunately, that ended his night and relegated him to a 20th-place finish.
Larson qualified 12th in Flight B of time trials during the opening night of World of Outlaws action at The Dirt Track at LVMS. He advanced once spot in his heat race to earn the fifth and final transfer position to the feature event. The 26-year-old started the feature from the outside of row 10 and quickly started to move forward. He settled inside the top 10 by lap 10 and in the closing laps advanced forward to earn a sixth-place score in the Silva Motorsports Chevrolet Accessories Finley Farms No. 57.
The following night, after rebuilding the Chevrolet Accessories Tarlton and Son, Inc., Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions No. 2, Macedo timed in sixth in Flight A of qualifying and battled hard to finish second in his heat race, transferring him into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. He gained a spot in the dash to earn the sixth starting position for the feature event. After racing as high as fifth, the track took rubber, making it difficult to pass and Macedo finished in sixth-place.
“Unfortunately, we had to rebuild the KLR No. 2 after Wednesday night’s accident,” said 22-year-old Macedo. “But Joe [Gaerte], Heath [Moyle] and Trey [Bowman] did a phenomenal job and I felt like we had a really great Chevrolet Accessories No. 2 all night. Vegas is a tough track and the World of Outlaws are the best of the best, so I was glad to rebound and get a good finish for all the hard work my guys put in. We were able to build some momentum heading into California and I am really looking forward to getting back to racing Tulare next weekend.”
Larson was the second-fastest qualifier in Flight B of time trials Thursday night and he won his heat race from the pole starting position. He started and finished fifth in the dash, earning him an inside row 3 starting spot next to Macedo for the 30-lap feature event. After racing as low as seventh and as high as fourth, the Elk Grove, Calif., native settled into fifth after the track took rubber and held on to earn a top-five finish.
“It was awesome to see a packed place at The Dirt Track at Vegas,” said Larson. “It had been a long time since I had seen that many fans at the Dirt Track in Vegas and I think we were able to put on a good show for everyone. After not qualifying great on Wednesday, Paul [Silva] really got the Chevrolet Accessories Finley Farms No. 57 dialed in and we were able to pass a lot of cars Wednesday night and started off strong last night to get two good finishes.”
Larson will continue his weekend in Las Vegas and compete in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Kyle Larson racing team will be back in action with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series next Friday and Saturday at Thunder Bowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.