Following the loss of his NASCAR Cup Series ride earlier this season, former stock car driver Kyle Larson is now back to earning his keep and turning heads in the side of the sport that gave birth to this rising star. After earning yet another World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Series victory last weekend in North Dakota, one of the hottest dirt car drivers out there right now was back at it again this weekend and this time in a dirt late model with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Car. In only his second career start in a dirt late model, Larson decided that just because he was considered a beginner at something does not mean he was not capable of once again being a dominant force.
This was obvious after Larson rolled into Port Royal Speedway, in Port Royal, PA, and led all 50 laps of Saturday night’s Rumble by the River Round 3. After starting this race on the outside of dirt late model star Brandon Sheppard, the Elk Grove, CA native was able to take down the Silver Dollar Nationals winner in the opening lap. While Sheppard would continue to close in on Larson during the first 27 laps of this race, he would continue to fall short as the laps wore on, which gave the driver who entered this race with three winged sprint car wins at Port Royal the chance to cross the finish line .499 seconds ahead of Sheppard, who also entered this event with 25 overall wins this season.
“This was definitely one of the biggest and most exciting wins of my career this far,” said Larson. “I honestly didn’t even expect it. I thought that we would be okay, but winning this race was not even on my radar, so to climb into something that is way different than I have ever been in and to have success with a great team just means a lot.”
Although most expected Sheppard to drive away with the checkered flag on Saturday, this popular driver was the first to admit that Larson put up an impressive battle.
“I felt like I was closing in on Larson because I was good on the longer runs,” said Sheppard. “I really couldn’t take off very well on the restarts and we had a bunch of restarts, which definitely didn’t help me. The truth is Kyle did a really good job and he does a good job in anything he drives.”
Now that Larson has picked up his first dirt late model win it will be interesting to see whether this born to be dirt driver will ever decide to return to NASCAR or make dirt racing his permanent home. Stay tuned to RacingJunk.com for the latest in dirt racing coverage!