Larson earns 20th World of Outlaws win Saturday night
He did it again. As a matter of fact, he did it twice. Less than 24 hours after winning the opening night of the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway on Friday, Kyle Larson swept the weekend by winning Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win finale. It earned him his 20th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory, tying him with Greg Hodnett for 27th on the Series all-time wins list.
It was also the third time he wept a doubleheader weekend with the series this year. It almost wasn’t a sweep when Brent Marks did what few have been able to do all year during Saturday night’s race: passed Larson for the lead.
Marks, a Posse member that used to be a full-time Outlaw, was trying to get his first series win in 2020 and to end the Posse losing streak. With three laps to go, he held the key to accomplish both feats. But before he could get a grip on it, a caution took it away.
Larson got held up by the lap car of Spencer Bayston while trying to pass him around the bottom, giving Marks a surprising run around the top to get around Larson for the lead down the backstretch. Seconds later, yellow lights flashed around the track for Kerry Madsen, who had stopped on the track with a right front issue. With the lap not yet completed the field was reset with Larson able to keep the lead for the restart.
“I definitely got really lucky there,” Larson said. “Marks surprised me when he ripped around me. Honestly, I thought Lance (Dewease) would be the guy coming. I peeked back and I could see someone was running the middle and I thought it was Lance. I should’ve peeked at the board I guess and seen the 5 (car of Marks) was coming and I would’ve known where he was running. I would’ve been more aggressive when I got to traffic. I got lucky and I’ll take it.”
Dewease rounded out the podium and championship contender Logan Schuchart finished fourth, earning the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award with his run from 12th to fourth. Schuchart’s finish also helped him chip away at reigning champion Brad Sweet’s points lead. He’s now 32 points behind Sweet, who finished eighth.
Sweet’s eighth-place finish was good enough to help his Kasey Kahne Racing team re-claim the points lead for the team championship from Jason Johnson Racing. David Gravel, driving the JJR No. 41, finished 21st, allowing KKR to move to a 12-point lead ahead of JJR.
With five races remaining this season, there’s five more chances for Larson to add a new World of Outlaws record to his book and five more important events to determine the 2020 champion.
At BAPS Speedway, Chris Meleason was just trying to get as many spots as possible during the Super Sportsman main event Saturday night. It was going to be difficult to win. Tony Jackson had the field covered, and it didn’t seem like anyone had anything for the leader over the race distance. But, you have to finish to make it to Victory Lane. Jackson had problems in the closing stages of the event, and Meleason took over the lead and held off Frankie Herr to score the win in the 25-lap Super Sportsman feature at BAPS Motor Speedway.
Donnie Farlling started on the pole and ran away to the victory in the late model main event.
In the regularly scheduled street stock main event, Bud Witmer captured his first event at BAPS Motor Speedway since 2009.
The street stock division also ran a make-up main event from Sept. 26. Mike Walls led all 20 laps to take the win over Geesaman, Rial, Jim Palm and Kyle Saylor.
Scott Houdeshell stormed to the front and took the victory in the 20-lap Gene Latta Ford Central Pa. Legends feature.
The Mid-Atlantic Modifieds were on the card for a pair of 20-lap main events. Tim Fedder captured the make-up Aug. 1 event, with Justin Cullum wiring the field in Saturday’s feature.
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