Larson Masters U.S. 36 Midget Go
CAMERON, Mo. — Kyle Larson won the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature at U.S. 36 Raceway for the second-straight year Sunday.
“It’s one of my favorite tracks in a midget,” Larson said. “I was looking forward to coming here when I saw it was open on my schedule.”
Larson stays busy racing coast-to-coast. He’s emerged as a short-track superstar since the start of 2011. Larson had 22 victories in Midgets and non-wing and wing Sprint Cars last year in national events and series. Larson also appears to have a promising future in stock cars.
Chip Ganassi Racing signed him last winter and Larson has wins in two late model and one in NASCAR’s K & N Pro Series East Series races. He also finished 10th in his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Series race at Kentucky Speedway on June 28. And Larson is continuing to run short tracks.
“This is my 14th or 15th win this year,” Larson said.
Larson started on the outside of the front row next to Keith Kunz Motorsports’ teammate Rico Abreu and their Toyota-powered Bullets dueled for the lead on the high-speed three-eighths mile track for 28 and a half laps in the 30-lap race.
Abreu held the lead for the opening 18, with Larson a few car lengths behind. They had been lapping traffic for six laps when Abreu encountered a cluster of slower cars.
“I misjudged a lapper and he (Larson) was right there,” Abreu said.
Abreu chased Larson, staying three or four car lengths behind, until his motor had a bearing failure and eliminated him. It also brought out the yellow to remove Abreu’s car, ending a 24-lap green flag run.
Brad Kuhn had inherited second, but seven lapped cars between him and Larson on the restart with two laps remaining prevented him from challenging him for the lead.
“I had a lot of fun racing through traffic,” Larson said. “Rico and I were pretty even and he made a mistake and got into a lapper. It broke his momentum and I got past.”
Larson earned $3,000 for his win Sunday in the third and final event of the Speedway Motors Midget Money Week presented by RevHoney Energy Drinks.
Kuhn, a two-time POWRi National Midget champion from Avon, Ind., finished second and Zach Daum was third.
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