Photo by: Rich Forman
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 2, 2019) – Elk Grove, Calif., native, Kyle Larson, picked up two more wins to round out the holiday weekend, the first coming in Friday night’s rain-postponed 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway followed up by being victorious in Saturday’s Copper Classic opener at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. In addition, Carson Macedo earned a sixth-place finish and the KSE Hard Charger Award with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and a top-five finish with the USAC National Midgets.
After rain postponed the Turkey Night Grand Prix to Friday, Larson earned the 16th quickest qualifying time lining him up to start on the front row of the final qualifier of the night. After another brief rain shower and track re-work, he got the early jump and led all 12 laps of the qualifier to transfer into the Turkey Night Grand Prix feature event.
The pilot of his self-owned Lucas Oil/ iRacing/ Finley Farms No. 1k started the 98-lap finale from 13th and quickly made moves, working his way forward on the treacherous track. Larson was inside the top-10 by lap 11 and inside the top-five at the halfway mark of the race. On lap 77, he advanced into the runner-up spot with his eyes on the lead. After a restart on lap 87, Larson used a higher line in Turns 3 and 4 to make the pass on the leader, securing the top spot. He survived three more restarts to earn the victory and his third Turkey Night Grand Prix title.
“I’ve always run really well at the Turkey Night Grand Prix,” Larson said in Victory Lane. “To get another one feels great. I had to work hard for that one, everybody did, just to get to the checkered flag. It was extremely rough, but fun too because it was challenging, and the ruts changed all throughout the race. Hats off to everyone that helps out on this car, Lucas Oil, iRacing, Finley Farms, Factory Kahne Shocks, King Chassis, everybody. It was fun.”
In Wednesday night’s preliminary action for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, Macedo finished fourth in his heat race and seventh in his qualifier, scheduling him to start 12th in the Last Chance Showdown the following night. After rain postponed the finale to Friday and a brief rain shower canceled the Last Chance Showdown, Macedo lined up for the 41-lap feature in the 21st position. By the halfway mark of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series main event, the Lemoore, Calif., native had worked his way into the top-10 and in the closing half of the race, gained four more spots to earn a sixth-place finish and the KSE Hard Charger award.
Macedo qualified 10th with the USAC National Midgets for Friday’s running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, locking him into the 98-lap feature event. After starting 10th, he ran as high as fourth before scoring a fifth-place finish in the prestigious season finale.
Saturday night, back aboard the Silva Motorsports No. 57 winged 360 sprint car with the ASCS Southwest Region series, Larson earned a perfect score in the opening night of the Copper Classic. He was the quickest qualifier of the night, won his heat race and the feature event after starting sixth. The following night, Larson was again the fastest qualifier and won his heat race but unfortunately was spun out on the opening lap of the 25-lap feature event, resulting in too much damage on the No. 57 to return.
The Kyle Larson Racing team will be back in action with Larson and his No. 1k midget at the Gateway Dirt Nationals at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo., starting Thursday, December 19. Macedo is headed down under to compete with Dyson Motorsports for various sprint car and midget races across Australia.