NASCAR Notes: Larson Back On Dirt
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 1, 2014 | 4:27 P.M. EST
Kyle Larson will return to Eldora Speedway to compete in the Camping World Truck Series race there later this month. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kyle Larson will go back to dirt track racing, confirming Tuesday he will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race July 23 at Eldora Speedway.
Larson finished second to Austin Dillon in last year’s inaugural event there.
“That's definitely a race I want to win,’’ said Larson, who will drive a Truck for Turner Scott Motorsports. “We were close last year, so it's nice to get to go back and give it another shot.
“Getting beat last year made me really pumped up for this year's race. I don't get to do a whole lot of dirt racing anymore, so to get back to kind of my roots makes it fun, too.’’
Larson began racing sprint cars at age 14 and competed in various open-wheel series on dirt before moving to NASCAR.
He is scheduled to test on a dirt track next week.
“I'm really looking forward to when we go test,’’ Larson said. “So it (will) be nice to get back in the dirt and get dirty and sweat a little bit and get mud all over my face and stuff.’’
First, his focus will be on Daytona International Speedway where he’ll compete in Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 Nationwide race and Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup race.
Larson says there is a distinct difference in those two races.
“The aerodynamics and stuff make (Cup cars) hard to handle in the pack, and seems like you can change lanes a lot more and actually move forward, where in the Nationwide race is super frustrating and not very hard at all to hold your car in a straight line,’’ he said. “But more than anything, it's just really frustrating (in Nationwide) because the bottom lane is so much faster. You can work the top and middle lanes and kind of move forward but you can't get to the lead, where in the Cup Series I feel like you can work any lane and get to the lead.’’
Richard Childress Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing each tested Tuesday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and will test there Wednesday.
It is the second of four tests teams are allowed at tracks that host Sprint Cup races. Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard tested for RCR, while Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers and Jeff Burton tested for MWR.
“We’re excited to be able to test only a week away from the race,’’ Dillon said. “I think it really gives you an advantage going into the next week because the temperature shouldn’t change a whole lot.’’
Also testing was Eddie MacDonald for Go Fas Racing.
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