Kyle Larson showed a standing-room-only crowd that he likes his “moonlighting” job just as much as his “daytime” job on Monday evening at Lincoln Speedway.
The NASCAR star drove to his second consecutive Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek win in convincing fashion. Larson’s $5,000 victory came in the 30-lap feature. Larson has now won the last five sprint-car races he has run, including a World of Outlaws score, two All Star Ohio Speedweek races and now two Pennsylvania Speedweek events. He also won Sunday evening at Path Valley.
“I’ve now won in central Pa. This is bad a..” Larson said following a wing dance in victory lane, “Last night (at Path Valley) was my style of track and tonight (at Lincoln) wasn’t, so this is awesome to get the win in front of a huge crowd here. I thank all of you for coming out.”
Larson started 10th and used the extreme outside groove to wrest the lead from Lucas Wolfe on the seventh lap. In the end he had to fend off defending Lincoln champion Alan Krimes to win by a scant .280 seconds.
Larson, who is the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup points leader, said in victory lane that when he saw Krimes’ No. 87 second on the scoreboard, he knew from watching Lincoln videos he’d have to move to the bottom of the track before the end of the race.
“I couldn’t believe the top was that good. I’ve watched so many videos of Krimes here cruising around the bottom, so I knew I was going to have move down eventually,” Larson said. “I wasn’t very good down there, and I could hear him right behind me. I had to make sure I didn’t miss my marks too bad and slip up off the bottom for him to get underneath me.”
Krimes settled for second, with Dale Blaney in third. Wolfe and Trey Starks completed the top five. Danny Dietrich raced from 13th to sixth, while Freddie Rahmer came from 17th for seventh. Spring Grove’s Tim Glatfelter, Gerard McIntyre Jr. and the 20th-starter, York’s Cory Haas, completed the top 10.
“It’s been a heck of a year for me. Every time I get on the track on Sundays I feel like I have a shot to win," Larson told the crowd. "This is five winged sprint-car wins in a row. And especially a win here at Lincoln. This is a tough place. They kicked my butt here the couple times I’ve been here. I’m really excited to win for all you fans.
“I wish we could go full-time racing, but Sundays kinda take up my time. Someday we’ll do this again full time and I’m looking forward to it.”
Wilbur takes 358 win: Super-sportsman standout Steve Wilbur scored his first career 358 sprint win, leading all 20 laps at Lincoln.
Wilbur’s win came over Windsor’s Ryan Higgins, with York’s C.J. Tracy, Jeff Halligan and Doug Hammaker in the top five. Rounding out the first 10 were Hallam’s Adrian Shaffer, Hanover’s Troy Wagaman Jr., Chandler Leiby, Brent Shearer and Thomasville’s Kyle Abrahims.
Path Valley: Larson raced to the win in the third leg of the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek Sunday evening at Path Valley.
Larson earned $5000 in the victory in the 40-lap race, which marked his first victory on the local sprint-car circuit.
Larson grabbed the lead from Brock Zearfoss on the sixth lap and went on to score the win over Zearfoss. Wolfe finished third, with Lewisberry’s Kyle Moody, and Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Dietrich, Brian Montieth, Rahmer, Kasey Kahne and Aaron Ott.
Reach Bryan Householder at email@example.com. Larson's quotes for this story were provided by Lincoln Speedway.