PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Kyle Larson plans to run all nine Pennsylvania Speedweek races, spanning from June 26 at Williams Grove Speedway to July 4 at Port Royal Speedway.
Larson gave Sprint Car & Midget the news on Wednesday night, following the All Star Circuit of Champions-sanctioned Keith Kauffman Classic at Port Royal, where he finished second to Anthony Macri.
“That’s the plan right now,” Larson told Sprint Car & Midget of competing in each of the nine Pennsylvania Speedweek events. “But things can obviously change.”
It appeared likely Larson would make an appearance at some point during Pennsylvania Speedweek, but his schedule remained a mystery for the longest time until Wednesday.
Larson is without a doubt the hottest driver on the planet at this juncture, having racked up 13 straight finishes inside the top two dating back to May 30.
The last race Larson hasn’t finished inside the top two was a 10th-place with the World of Outlaws at Lake Ozark Speedway.
Additionally, Larson has won nine of his last 12 races, all of which are some sort of national touring event. He has four USAC National Midget Series wins, three All Star Circuit of Champions wins, and a pair of victories with the World of Outlaws at Knoxville Raceway.
Traditionally, Larson has enjoyed success in Pennsylvania, but seldom is that success the byproduct of his dominant self. Larson has four career Pennsylvania Speedweek wins, all at tracks of .375 miles in length or shorter: two at Grandview (2017 and 2018), one at Lincoln (2017) and one at Path Valley (2017).
His four total Pennsylvania Speedweek wins ties him for 14th most all-time. If he picks up one more victory, he’ll crack the top 10 in all-time Pennsylvania Speedweek wins and in order to crack the top six, he’ll need four more victories.
Last year, Larson failed to win a Pennsylvania Speedweek race for the first time in three years. In his only two Speedweek races last year, Larson finished second to Brian Montieth at Lincoln and settled for seventh at Grandview.
Larson doesn’t race in Pennsylvania often, but when he does, his unique racing talent and platform generates a must-see product against the fierce contingent otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Posse.
“A lot of these Pennsylvania Posse guys are extremely tough,” Larson said. “It’s cool to be a favorite anywhere we go in the country. Pennsylvania is as tough as it gets, especially on the local scene.”
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