Larson Takes Winning Ways to Michigan

Kyle Larson

"I have already raced about 50 times this year between sprint cars, midgets, full-bodied stock cars." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Kyle Larson's win over the weekend in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East was just the latest on a long list of accomplishments for the 19-year-old development driver.

The victory at Gresham Motorsports Park was the first in the K&N Series for the Elk Grove, Calif., driver and it added to the different series he's won in during his young career.

Already having run for 11 different owners this season, Larson's busy schedule continues this week with races during USAC Midget Week in Indiana and the ARCA Racing Series RainEater Wiper Blades 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

"I have already raced about 50 times this year between sprint cars, midgets, full-bodied stock cars," Larson said. "The next three months or so I have about 50 more races.

"I have been all over the country. I went to New Zealand and Australia over the winter and got to race some. Now it seems like I'm traveling all across the United States racing different cars and I'm having a lot of fun with it."

Larson will drive the No. 6 Chevrolet for Eddie Sharp Racing in his ARCA debut, and first start on a large track in a stock car.

"I went to the test there a couple weeks ago and we really didn’t even have a car built for that place and I think we were fourth-fastest after practice and we didn't even make a qualifying run," Larson said. "We are going to be a whole lot better when we go back."

Although he is used to transitioning to different types of racecars throughout the year, Larson will have a new challenge in the Michigan race.

"I have never done pit stops before so I think if I cannot speed or make any mistakes on pit road we'll probably have a good shot at winning," Larson said.

Following Michigan, Larson will pick back up USAC Midget Week before climbing back behind the wheel of his REV Racing Toyota for the K&N race at Langley Speedway. After that, he will race a 410 winged sprint car during All-Star Speedweeks in Ohio.

"That's like 13 or 14 straight days of racing," Larson said. "I'm going to get a lot of racing in and a lot of seat time. Tony Stewart told me I have to race as much as I can so I'm trying to do that this year. I haven't been to my apartment for more than a couple days this past two months, but I'm not complaining about that one bit. I'm enjoying it."

Last year, Larson won 22 races, including wins in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, all three USAC National Divisions and in the American Sprint Car Series.

"I got a t-shirt made last year with all the different cars I won in, which is one of my coolest t-shirts," Larson said. "I think there's seven different cars on the back of the shirt."

But the biggest win so far for Larson came in the Gold Cup last year at Silver Dollar Speedway. The Chico, Calif., high-banked, quarter-mile oval is special to Larson because it’s one of the tracks he attended growing up with his parents bringing him there as an infant.

"I have never missed a Gold Cup there in the 19 years I have been alive," Larson said. "To be one of the first locals to win it in over 20-30 years was pretty cool. To beat the Outlaws is awesome. Just finishing in the top five is a good feeling."

Being a development driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Larson's goal is to make it to the Sprint Cup Series one day.

"I would like to take all the proper steps to get to the Cup Series," Larson said. "I would like to get some ARCA races, which I think I'll get a couple this year and then hopefully some Truck races and Nationwide. Then if everything is going good with that, hopefully I'll get a shot in the Cup Series, but I don’t want to go there if I don't feel like I'm ready. Hopefully, Ganassi will take me through the right series and we'll see where it goes from there."

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