PLACERVILLE, Calif. – NASCAR regular Kyle Larson has filed an entry to compete in the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 at Placerville Speedway on Nov. 19-20.
The November doubleheader at Placerville Speedway will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and the USAC Western States Midgets as the headliners, along with the Wicked Energy Gum NW Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors.
In 2007 at the age of 14, Larson competed in his first sprint car race at Placerville Speedway and earned his first victory at the track that same season. The El Dorado County Fairgrounds based facility was also where the Elk Grove, Calif., native wrapped up his Golden State KWS-NARC Series title in 2010.
“We are excited to have Kyle Larson in the field at the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100,” said Elk Grove Ford President Matt Wood. “Kyle grew up racing around Northern California and is one of the largest fan favorites that we have out here, so it will be great to have him on hand. What he has done so far in his career is amazing and it’s really special that he continues to have such a passion for dirt track racing. We hope everyone has reserved their seats because it’s going to be a thrilling event.”
Earlier this season Larson came close to earning his first Chili Bowl Midget Nationals victory, coming home second after a thrilling duel with Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Christopher Bell. In 2011 Larson earned Rookie of the Year honors with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series and swept the Belleville Midget Nationals that same season. The 27-year-old has also captured the famed Turkey Night Grand Prix on two occasions.
Larson is currently in the midst of the NASCAR playoffs, where he is competing for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
At the Hangtown 100 Wednesday night’s A-main will be 100-laps around the Placerville Speedway red clay oval, with the winner picking up a $20,000 payday. The two-night event will utilize a modified Trophy Cup style format, featuring larger than normal inverts.