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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 14, 2019) – The Kyle Larson Racing team wrapped up a busy week in the Hawkeye state this past Saturday night. KLR and Carson Macedo kicked off the week by competing in the 8th Annual Capitani Classic at Knoxville Raceway. The following night, Kyle Larson joined the Lemoore, Calif., native at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa for the Front Row Challenge. Back at Knoxville Raceway, Larson competed in the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Qualifying Night on Wednesday with Macedo on track in Thursday’s F.O.E. Qualifying Night, along with Saturday’s Knoxville Nationals finale.
The KLR team started their week in Southern Iowa with the 8th Annual Capitani Classic at Knoxville Raceway. Macedo qualified 21st in the opening Group of time trials and finished fourth in his heat race from seventh. After starting 12th in the first B-Main, he gained six spots to finish sixth, but ultimately missed the final transfer spot to the main event by two spots.
The following night, Larson and Macedo competed in the Front Row Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway. Macedo started the night by qualifying third and Larson ninth. They both finished third in their respective heat races and both advanced to the King of the Hill. Macedo beat out Larson in round two of King of the Hill, advancing him into the final round where he finished third. The pilot of the KLR Chevrolet Accessories/ Tarlton and Son, Inc./ Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions No. 2 started third but ultimately finished fourth. Larson on the other hand, started sixth and made some nice moves to earn a runner-up finish.
Back at the Sprint Car Capital of the World for Wednesday’s BRANDT Professional Agriculture Qualifying Night, Larson qualified ninth and finished seventh in his heat race, lining him up to start seventh in the B-Main. The Elk Grove, Calif., native finished sixth in the 12 lap B-Main, ending his Knoxville Nationals run prematurely as he was unable to come back on Friday to requalify.
The following night, Macedo timed in 27th for F.O.E. Qualifying Night and finished fourth in his heat race. After starting 13th in the feature event, he gradually started making his way towards the front. By lap five of the 25-lap feature event, Macedo was inside the top-10 and five laps later inside the top five. In the closing laps, he was able to make one last charge to earn a third-place finish.
Despite Macedo’s big run on Thursday, he didn’t earn enough points to be among the top 16 in points to lock into Saturday’s big show, but did have enough to lock in and start eighth in the B-Main. In the 22-lap B-Main, Macedo climbed his way forward to finish fifth, unfortunately missing the final transfer spot to the Knoxville Nationals feature event by one spot.
“All in all, I think we had an up and down week,” said Macedo. “We struggled at the Capitani Classic, but we were strong at the Front Row Challenge and on our preliminary night, despite our bad qualifying efforts. My team did a great job. Joe, Trey, Marty and Tyronne worked really hard to get my car good all week and I think we had a lot of speed. It’s a team effort out here. If I could go back and do anything different, it would definitely be qualifying. I feel I just set us back so much trying to make something big happen. Although it was a bummer coming up one spot short of transferring into the feature, I still feel we learned a lot and will continue to build to try and be the best.”
The Kyle Larson Racing team will be back in action this weekend at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., for the Second Leg of the Northern Tour on Friday followed up by Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday for the Duel in the Dakotas.