Kyle Larson has won the last two NASCAR Cup Series races by claiming every stage victory in each of those events along the way. Now the Elk Grove, CA native will carry that momentum to the Eldora Speedway for this week’s twin Dirt Late Model Dream races that will begin at the famed Rossburg, OH dirt track on Wednesday. The 28-year-old racer has also won in Sprint Car races during the time span around his Coca-Cola 600 win on Memorial Day weekend and his most recent win on the road course this Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.
With the next race on the Cup Series schedule being the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Larson is freed up to race the four-day extravaganza in central Ohio with big money on the line for Dirt Late Model teams and drivers this Wednesday night through Saturday night.
After having to cancel last year’s Dirt Late Model Dream because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Tony Stewart-owned track decided to offer up twin Dreams in 2021. Two $10,000-to-win preliminary races will be held on Wednesday night leading into the first Dream feature race on Thursday that will pay $127,000 to the winner. Again, a pair of $10,000 preliminary features will be contested on Friday at the half-mile clay oval before Saturday’s second Dream that will contribute $126,000 to the victor’s bank account.
Proving his versatility over and over again, Larson has shown that he is capable of winning in just about any type of race car. Just this year he has amassed a total of three NASCAR Cup series victories along with a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series triumph at Lawrenceburg(IN) Speedway. And more, he decimated the field in the season opener for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Florida’s All-Tech Raceway back in January.
Larson also scored a Late Model win on the Castrol Flo Racing Series at the Brownstown(IN) Speedway. Add to those wins, a pair of runner-up results in the Super Late Model division of the Bristol Dirt Nationals at the Bristol Motor Speedway in March.
“To get back-to-back wins in the Cup Series is something that I’ve always dreamed of doing and to get it done feels great,” Larson said in his post-race victory lane interview after winning at Sonoma. “To win last week on Memorial Day weekend, that’s four in a row now if you count my dirt racing too. I’ve got a big week of racing coming up and I’m looking forward to all of that. And I’m just looking forward to keeping the streak going.”
No doubt, many from outside the dirt racing world as well as those in it will be looking in to see what Larson can accomplish this week on Eldora’s famous clay surface. Those races will be shown live by subscription-based FloRacing.com.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association
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