For the third night in a row, NASCAR Monster Cup star Kyle Larson was also the star of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek.
This time Larson raced to a $5,000 victory at Grandview Speedway on Tuesday evening. That followed Speedweek wins by Larson at Path Valley on Sunday and Lincoln Speedway on Monday.
Larson started fourth in the 35-lap feature and edged early leader Greg Hodnett, of Spring Grove, at the line to lead the second lap. Moments later the two drivers touched wheels briefly. Larson continued on, but Hodnett veered into the first-turn wall and was done for the night.
Still Larson wasn’t home free. Ryan Smith tracked down the leader and momentarily took over the lead coming out of the second turn on the 24th lap. Smith, however, raced too hard into the third turn and flipped wildly before ever completing a lap in the lead. Neither driver was injured.
Again, Larson motored away on the restart. As the race drew to its closing stages, however, yet another driver mounted a charge. This time it was Speedweek point leader Freddie Rahmer, who climbed from the 18th starting spot to close to within a car length of Larson before lapped cars hampered his efforts.
In the end it was Larson taking the win over Rahmer, with Danny Dietrich in third. Ryan Taylor and Alan Krimes completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were James McFadden, J.J. Grosso, Dale Blaney, Brock Zearfoss and Rico Abreu. Both Blaney and Abreu returned from mid-race spins.
Speeweek was scheduled to continue Wednesday night at Hagerstown Speedway, before moving on to Port Royal Speedway on Thursday, Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, back to Port Royal on Saturday and concluding Sunday at Selinsgrove Speedway.
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