Larson Lands Ride For Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic

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Kyle Larson will compete in Australia's Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic. (Jim DenHamer photo)

WARRNAMBOOL, Australia – NASCAR Cup Series star and dirt open-wheel standout Kyle Larson will join Carson Macedo as part of a two-car super team for Dyson Motorsport in the upcoming Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic at Australia’s Premier Speedway.

The entry forms have both been lodged, with car owner Sean Dyson putting all of the logistical pieces of the puzzle together for an all-out assault on the 2020 version of the Australian sprint car crown jewel.

Both Macedo and Larson will have identically-prepared KPC Chassis, with KRE Race Engines supplying the horsepower for the two California natives.

Macedo has already shown impressive car speed at Valvoline Raceway during Ultimate Sydney Speedweek, with one win during that timeframe, and has also been a dominant force in midget action for Dyson over the same period.

So far during his Australian tour, Macedo has three midget victories in Dyson’s equipment.

The Dyson team will enjoy the backing of Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions, Empire Machinery and Heritage Farming at the Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic.

Larson will need no introduction to Macedo from a teammate standpoint, as the young Californian spent last year’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season at the wheel of the Kyle Larson Racing No. 2, finishing sixth in points and taking Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year honors in the process.

Macedo, who won his Classic preliminary night in 2019 before an 11th-place finish in the Sunday finale, enjoyed a strong season with the Outlaws, taking four wins and 16 top fives.

Larson himself contested a select number of Outlaw events, recording wins at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway and Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway as a part of his limited slate. He also won with the All-Star Circuit of Champions at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park.

Since the completion of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, which saw Larson finish sixth in points, Larson has been plying his craft largely in midget competition.

Prior to Christmas, Larson dominated the Gateway Dirt Nationals in St. Louis, Mo., before travelling to New Zealand to compete in the United Truck Parts Int’l Midget Series.

Larson will return to the United States prior to the Classic for the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals before making his first trip to Australia since 2015-16.

His only previous Classic appearance was as a virtual unknown back in 2012, when he drove for Victorian owner/driver Brett Milburn.

Macedo Doubles Up
Carson Macedo in action at the wheel of the Dyson Motorsport No. 99 sprint car. (Gary Reid photo)

Macedo has been a regular at the Classic, with 2020 set to be his fifth straight appearance at Premier Speedway for the biggest sprint car weekend of the Australian season.

Since debuting at the Classic for Victorian car owner Dave Challons in 2016, which resulted in an eighth-place run in his B-main, Macedo has made the last three Classic features, placing 13th in 2017, second in 2018 and 11th in 2019 for Sean and Felicity Dyson.

Dyson himself is no stranger to the Classic, with another Californian in Tim Kaeding taking the No. N99 to victory lane at Premier Speedway in 2014, while Paul McMahan also wheeled Dyson’s race car prior to Macedo filling the role.

The Southwest Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic takes place Jan. 24-26 at Premier Speedway in Warrnambool, Australia. Robbie Farr is the defending event winner.