HOUSEHOLDER: Kyle Larson enjoys ample success in limited central Pennsylvania appearances
- Kyle Larson earned a pair of 410 sprint wins at Port Royal Speedway over the weekend.
- Larson leads the area racing circuit with 12 sprint wins this season.
- Overall, Larson has collected 40 racing victories this season across the nation.
It’s a story that just keeps repeating itself.
Kyle Larson was the weekend’s big winner again.
The former NASCAR standout took both nights of the World of Outlaws program at Port Royal Speedway over the weekend. Those wins at the Juniata County track pushed Larson’s season win total to 40.
The majority of those wins have come in the 410 sprint cars, but he’s also got multiple wins in midgets and single wins in the United States Auto Club Silver Crown cars and Lucas Oil late models.
Despite limited appearances in the region, Larson is the leading 410 sprint winner on the local circuit. His wins at the Port gave him 12 local wins this season. That’s one more on the local tracks than Danny Dietrich.
At the Port, Larson has five sprint wins and the late-model score. In addition to Port Royal, Larson has won this season at Williams Grove Speedway (twice), Lincoln Speedway (twice), BAPS Motor Speedway, Grandview Speedway and Hagerstown Speedway. He also won the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek title.
Larson’s wins in the 410 sprint cars have also come against some of the toughest competition around. He has won 12 World of Outlaws races, and 14 All Star races. That means that Larson is the leading winner with the Outlaws, the All Stars and in central Pennsylvania. I don’t believe that has ever happened before.
On the local circuit, Larson has scored 23 top-10 finishes in a limited schedule. In addition to the 12 wins, he has finished second five times, third three times and fourth twice. His worst finish is sixth.
That is good enough to keep Larson fifth in the overall Champion Racing Oil Central Pennsylvania standings. With three local sprint races remaining, his closest challenger in that race is Lance Dewease in sixth. Dewease has hinted that his team, which is usually the limited-schedule win leader in the area, plans on making just one of those races. Larson is far enough ahead of Dewease that he would still stay fifth, even if Dewease wins that race.
Should Larson plan to stick around and win all three of those races he could mathematically move as high as third in the local series.
Modifieds take top billing at Port Royal: A number of races dot this weekend’s racing slate, with the Speed Showcase at Port Royal taking top billing.
The top northeast modifieds will visit the Port for an event that will be the biggest-paying modified race this season.
With all the restrictions in New York State, multi-event promoter Brett Deyo has moved his biggest event to the Port this season. The Short Track Super Series will sanction the racing, which will begin on Thursday evening. It all winds up Saturday with a big 200-lap feature.
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Thursday will offer the STSS modifieds in a 40-lap event that pays $5,000 to the winner. Friday, there will be a series of qualifying features for the modifieds, 602 crate sportsmen and street stocks.
Saturday, the B-Mains for each division will precede the feature events. The modified A-Main is 200 laps and offers up $53,000 to the winner.
Carl Billet 50 at BAPS event: BAPS Motor Speedway in northern York County has the Sunoco/Insinger Performance Nationals Fueled by Miller’s Racing Parts on tap for the weekend.
Practice is set for Thursday evening, with a full slate of 305 sprints racing on Friday’s program, along with qualifying for the street stocks, extreme stocks, Legends and limited stocks.
Saturday includes the Carl Billet 50 for the limited-late models, plus main events for the street stocks, extreme stocks, sportsman modifieds, legends, limited stocks, thundercars, classic cars and Mid-Atlantic modifieds.
Lincoln concludes season: Lincoln Speedway in Adams County concludes its regular season on Saturday evening with Champions Night.
The 410 sprints and 358 sprints will be in action in the final point races of the season. Freddie Rahmer currently leads the 410 sprint standings at Lincoln, while Todd Rittenhouse Jr. is the 358 sprint point leader.
On an interesting note about Lincoln’s point leaders, Lincoln’s all-time win and championship leader, Fred Rahmer, took his very first ride in a sprint car in a United Racing Club event. The car he drove that night was fielded by none other than Todd Rittenhouse Sr., who was a URC regular at the time.
Now next-generation members of each family are looking to add their names to the championship list at Lincoln on the same night.
Weeks ahead: After this weekend, BAPS Motor Speedway will be the only track in regular competition.
BAPS has two more races scheduled.
On Oct. 24, the 410 sprints, super sportsmen and extreme stocks compete. Then the Sprint Showdown on Nov. 14 will conclude the season. Modifieds are a part of that program this year.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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CENTRAL PENNSYLVANI SPRINT CAR SERIES
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(Wins listed in parenthesis)
1. Danny Dietrich (11) 1,206
2. Anthony Macri (8) 1,164
3. Freddie Rahmer (7) 1,072
4. Brent Marks (3) 997
5. Kyle Larson (12) 935
6. Lance Dewease (6) 858
7. Brock Zearfoss 528
8. Dylan Cisney (2) 519
9. Logan Wagner (1) 454
10. Brian Montieth (1) 439