Larson Earns Second K&N East Victory

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson took the checkered flag for his second victory in 11 K&N Pro Series East races. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kyle Larson won a drag race to the finish line against Corey LaJoie to capture the G-Oil 100 checkered flag in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Larson, a 20-year-old rookie from Elk Grove, Calif., took the lead from LaJoie on Lap 86 and held on through a pair of restarts for his second victory in 11 K&N Pro Series East races.

Larson, who competes for Rev Racing in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative, also won earlier this year at Gresham Motorsports Park on June 9 in Jefferson, Ga. Saturday marked the eighth victory for Rev Racing in the last two seasons.

“I was really loose on the restarts, I got loose again off of [Turn] 4 and let Corey get to my quarter panel, and luckily he didn’t have enough speed to beat me to the line,” Larson said of the final dash to the checkered flag.

For LaJoie, who came up just 0.071 seconds short at the line, it was his fourth top-10 finish in six visits to the “Magic Mile.” He has a series-high three wins this season, but was looking for the first of his career at NHMS. LaJoie led twice for 25 laps.

“Things were falling our way there in the beginning, but then the cautions started coming out and Kyle’s car was just good enough on the 3-4 lap runs to get me on the high side and I couldn’t get the run off the corner,” LaJoie said.

Darrell Wallace Jr. crossed the line third while Dylan Kwasniewski and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five. Elliott was scored 33rd out of the 40-car filed after cutting a tire on Lap 26 and rallied for his fifth top-five of the year.

Each of Saturday’s top-five finishers are part of NASCAR’s “Next 9” class of up-and-coming standout drivers.

Bryan Ortiz, Travis Pastrana, Eddie MacDonald, Dale Quarterley and Michael McGuire brought home the top 10 in the K&N Pro Series East’s lone trip of the year to the 1.058-mile oval. It was the series’ 57th all-time event in Loudon.

Points leader Brett Moffitt led a race-high 60 laps from his pole position on Saturday, but was relegated to a 16th-place finish, which broke a streak of five-consecutive top fives at NHMS. Moffitt’s slide – couple with Larson’s victory – pulled Larson to within three points of Moffitt’s lead with three events remaining in the campaign.

Only 13 points separate the top four drivers. Moffitt leads with 422, Larson has 419, LaJoie has 410 and Elliott has 409. They are followed by Ortiz at 377, MacDonald at 376, Brandon Gdovic at 368, Ben Kennedy at 353, Wallace at 352 and Sergio Pena at 341.

The G-Oil 100 is scheduled to be televised on SPEED at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 27.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action on Sept. 29 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway with the American Real TV 150.

Results

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps
1 3 6 Kyle Larson * Rev Racing Toyota 100
2 4 7 Corey LaJoie Riverside Precision Sheet Metal/Sims Ford 100
3 6 18 Darrell Wallace, Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 100
4 10 20 Dylan Kwasniewski Royal Purple Toyota 100
5 5 9 Chase Elliott Aaron's/HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 100
6 33 4 Bryan Ortiz * Puerto Rico Does It Better Toyota 100
7 14 99 Travis Pastrana * iRacing.com Toyota 100
8 18 71 Eddie MacDonald Grimm Construction Chevrolet 100
9 27 32 Dale Quarterley Van Dyk Baler Chevrolet 100
10 11 7 Michael McGuire * Woods Towing & Transportation Toyota 100
11 15 31 Jimmy Weller * Integrated Metal Products Toyota 100
12 9 2 Ryan Gifford NASCAR Tech Inst 10th Anniv/UTI Toyota 100
13 31 46 Brandon Gdovic Aquis Communications/ComServe Toyota 100
14 17 0 Enrique Contreras, III * Viva La Raza Racing Toyota 100
15 16 14 Daniel Suarez Acapulco/Roca Aero Toyota 100
16 1 11 Brett Moffitt Nitro Circus The Movie 3D Toyota 100
17 22 30 Jeff Anton ECR/RaceShopFloors.com Chevrolet 100
18 35 63 John Salemi John Salemi Racing Toyota 99
19 23 38 Austin Theriault * Mainely Motorsports TV Ford 99
20 25 22 Sam Hunt * Race Alert/Oakley Tank Lines Toyota 99
21 24 37 Clay Campbell Mountain Dew/Spraker Racing Chevrolet 97
22 20 53 Nicholas Sweet * Gilbane Chevrolet 93
23 12 97 Jesse Little * Coulter Mtrspts/Team Little Racing Chevrolet 93
24 2 1 Sergio Pena NRC/NISCO Toyota 91
25 8 96 Ben Kennedy G-Oil Chevrolet 91
26 19 39 CJ Faison * Elevate Youth Group Chevrolet 91
27 28 5 Steven Legendre * Kendell Legendre Racing Chevrolet 91
28 32 23 Spencer Gallagher Allegiant Air Chevrolet 91
29 13 26 Dylan Presnell * American Mountain Rentals/Amtrol Toyota 91
30 21 8 Jorge Arteaga * DogHouse Systems Toyota 80
31 30 15 Carlos Iaconelli * Bienvenidos A NASCAR Toyota 78
32 29 12 Hector Aguirre * GAMA/Champion Oil/TWR Chevrolet 75
33 26 94 Harrison Rhodes * MacDonald Motorsports Toyota 46
34 36 74 Tim Bell * Make Direct Chevrolet 43
35 7 47 Cale Conley PMC/Health Bridge Imaging Toyota 25
36 34 49 Akinori Ogata * Eneos Motor Oil Toyota 19

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