MECHANICSBURG, PA (ASCOC) – Elk Grove, California’s Kyle Larson is officially perfect in a winged sprint car thus far in 2021, as the NASCAR Cup Series hotshoe for Hendrick Motorsports made his first sprint car start of the season on Friday evening at Williams Grove Speedway and ultimately concluded his attempt in fantastic fashion, scoring a second consecutive Tommy Hinnershitz Classic crown against a stout field of full-time FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 travelers, and the infamous Pennsylvania Posse. The $6,000 Hinnershitz victory bumped Larson’s career win total with “America’s Series” to 24, his first since Lincoln’s Dirt Classic triumph in September.
Larson started second on Friday evening at the world-famous paperclip, joining Central Pennsylvania legend, Lance Dewease, on the front row after winning the second of two All Star Circuit of Champions dashes. Taking a backseat to Dewease after the initial start, it would only take nine and a half laps for Larson to find a way around the National Sprint Car Hall of Famer, eventually using the topside of turns one and two to slingshot by the pilot of the familiar No. 69K. From that point forward, the 30-lap contest was the “Larson Show,” driving on to separate himself from Dewease to secure an inevitable celebratory wing dance.
“I really used to hate this place,” Kyle Larson said in a joking manner in Williams Grove Speedway victory lane. “When I first started coming here, I struggled. I had a hard time getting around it. But Paul (Silva) has a really good program worked out here and I think we have some things figured out for the better. I can’t say enough about everyone who helps out on this team. We have some Pennsylvania connections, so it feels good to get a win right in their backyard.”
There were only two cautions during the 30-lap Hinnershitz Classic main event, the first on lap four and a second on lap 11, which immediately followed Larson’s jump to the front. The caution on lap 11 gave Larson the breather that he needed, as the pilot the Folkens Brothers Trucking, MAVTV, JVI Group, Durst Industries, No. 57 sprint car was about to hit a wall of slower cars. The momentum break allowed for a fresh start and clean air, and although Larson would eventually reach traffic again on lap 17, the recent Cup Series winner never faltered.
“I was able to move around in traffic really well,” Larson added. “I could adjust my entry to move around traffic and not really lose any momentum. You don’t have the luxury of knowing what’s going on behind you, so you just have to focus on what’s ahead and go where the cars aren’t.”
Lance Dewease held on to finish second on Friday evening, followed by Freddie Rahmer, Grimes’ Ian Madsen, and Anthony Macri. Knoxville’s Kerry Madsen finished in eighth.
All Star Circuit of Champions action will continue on Saturday, April 17, with the $10,000-to-win Keith Kauffman Classic at Port Royal Speedway. The Series will then conclude their four-race stretch with the Johnny Grum Classic at Bedford Speedway on Sunday, April 18.
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