Photo by: Wayne Riegle
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 5, 2019) – After a runner-up finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson headed to the Keystone State for two nights of racing. The Elk Grove, Calif., native competed against the PA Posse Monday night at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Penn., and earned a runner-up score, followed up by a top-ten finish at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Penn.
Monday night, Larson qualified ninth at Lincoln Speedway and finished second in his heat race. He started ninth on the grid for the 30-lap feature event and slowly started picking off positions. Larson broke into the top five on lap 14. With two late race cautions, Larson was able to gain a few more positions to score a runner-up finish.
“Tonight was good,” said Larson to Beer Hill Gang TV. “I got by a couple guys early then kind of just tapered off. I accidentally found a good line in Turns 3 and 4. I got in the corner kind of hot, thought I was going to hit the wall, so I turned it sideways and exited down low on the straightaway. I made it work to get up to fourth and then gained a few more spots there at the end. I didn’t feel very good all night, but we were able to make it better for the feature and finish second. A win and three seconds here in the last three years is pretty good.”
The following night, the 26-year-old was the second to last car to make a lap in qualifying and timed in 10th-quickest. After finishing second in his heat race, Larson started the main event from ninth. After racing inside the top five, Larson lost a couple of spots in the closing laps to finish in seventh-place.
Larson will be back in action Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero Sugar 400.