Larson Stops Hines With Last-Lap Pass
GAS CITY, Ind. — Kyle Larson has a history of late-race heroics, and Wednesday’s “Indiana Midget Week” opener for the Honda National Dirt Midget Series was just another one of those tales.
The 20-year old used a restart with three laps left to launch on the highside from third to an unbelievable move around Tracy Hines coming off the final corner for the win.
“It’s nice to steal a win on the last lap from Tracy. I’ve finished second enough to him. I really had trouble getting going, got stuck on the bottom early. It took a while to get the top cleaned off, but once it did, I could carry a lot of momentum. I’ve never raced at Gas City like this. It was awesome. I got to second on the top right away on that restart, and then just hit two or three great laps to barely beat him,” Larson said.
Andrew Felker jumped from the pole to lead the opening lap, but Hines dropped low off turn-four to move under the Missouri driver for the lead to close lap two. Hines took off with the lead as a hornets nest erupted behind him for top-five spots. Laps clicked off quickly, as the first half went all green. A yellow on lap 16 bunched up the field with Hines leading Christopher Bell, Felker, Larson, and track record holder Bryan Clauson.
Once back to green, Larson made a big dive underneath Felker for the third spot, as the front trio separated themselves from the pack. Bell gained on Hines as the laps wore on, but it appeared nothing would stop the New Castle, Indiana veteran.