As if he hasn’t raced to enough victories, a well-known motorsports star raced to his first career World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model victory. At Saturday’s 31st Prairie Dirt Classic, at Fairbury Speedway, Kyle Larson decided to celebrate his birthday weekend by leading the final 70 laps of the 100-lap feature and making his racing comeback season one for the history books.
Before becoming the only driver to race to a victory in both the World of Outlaws Late Models and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, Larson kicked off this feature race inside the top-10. It would only take a few laps to work his way inside the top-five before making his move for the lead on a Lap 27 restart. After diving to the bottom of the speedway, sliding up in front of Bobby Pierce, Larson raced his way to the lead and never looked back.
Although Larson led the final 70 laps of the Morton Buildings Feature, Pierce tried to chase him down right up until the end. In fact, the Oakwood, IL driver started closing in during the last 15 laps before Larson moved up a lane and drove away for his first late model victory.
“This win feels so good,” said Larson. “While I have enjoyed competing in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Series, I have never had the opportunity to run the big races in the late model series, so to win a Crown Jewel like this is awesome.”
Although the Prairie Dirt Classic isn’t Kyle Larson’s first dirt late model feature win, nor will it likely be his last, taking the checkered flag at Fairbury Speedway is a feeling that the former ostracized driver will remember, as he tastes World of Outlaws Late Model glory for the first time.
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