DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kyle Larson is among the greatest within the enterprise relating to racing dash vehicles at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway.
He’s gained a number of dash automotive options on the historic half-mile dust oval, together with final season’s The One and Solely that noticed him financial institution a cool $50,000 prize. With that success in thoughts, many would have assumed Larson would have his sights set on competing within the inaugural NASCAR Tenting World Truck Collection race on the monitor on July 9.
Nevertheless, Larson has no plans to run that occasion.
“I don’t have plans to do it,” Larson advised SPEED SPORT reporter Kyle McFadden earlier this week. “I actually haven’t seemed into it. I did the Truck stuff at Eldora and that was enjoyable to do. I don’t know. I suppose I’m simply enjoying it by ear and seeing how the Bristol (dust) races go and sort of decide from there.”
Larson has confirmed himself to be one of the vital prolific dirt-track racers of his era. Final yr after being fired by Chip Ganassi Racing following his use of a racial slur, Larson hit the street and gained 46 dirt-track occasions in 4 totally different varieties of race vehicles.
As Larson famous, he has earlier expertise racing on dust within the NASCAR Tenting World Truck Collection. When the sequence ran its inaugural dirt-track race at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2013, Larson completed second to race winner Austin Dillon.
Larson returned the following season at Eldora, however crashed out and completed twenty sixth. He skipped the 2015 version of the race however returned in 2016 and drove to victory forward of fellow dust racing ace and NASCAR competitor Christopher Bell.
A key to Larson probably competing within the occasion can be a sponsor stepping as much as make the chance occur. Larson acknowledged that, after every little thing that occurred final yr, sponsors are troublesome for him to search out.
“It’s clearly arduous for me to get sponsorship proper now,” Larson mentioned. “It’s not low-cost in any respect to place collectively a Truck to go race and I’m not going to drag cash out of my very own pocket to go do it. Additionally, I need to be in the very best trip I could be in. I don’t need to be in one thing that’s…I don’t need to really feel like I’m at an obstacle. That’s why I suppose I’m enjoying it by ear and never committing to something.
“It’s cool that they’re doing it. I believe it’ll be a superb race and it’ll have actually, actually good dust. But it surely’s flat, so I don’t know the way that’ll make these heavy race vehicles race.”