Local NASCAR star Kyle Larson returns to Placerville Speedway
By Bill Sullivan
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson is set to return to the race track he still calls home next Wednesday at nearby Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The Elk Grove native will be driving a winged sprint car in the nationally recognized Placerville Short Track Showdown featuring the World of Outlaws sprint car tour.
“Placerville has always been one of my favorite tracks,” said Larson. “I started racing sprint cars there; I got my very first win there. It’s pretty much home for me.”
Larson is now in his third full year of competing in NASCAR Sprint Cup action and is currently making headlines with several impressive runs this season. In the season opening Daytona 500, Larson took the lead in the final moments of the famed race before running out of fuel approaching the finish. He followed up his heartbreaking near win with second place finishes in Atlanta, Las Vegas and then Phoenix last week to take the NASCAR point lead.
Growing up in Elk Grove, the 24-year-old began his racing career in quarter midgets and outlaw carts at various small tracks in the area before he advanced to full-sized sprint cars at Placerville Speedway.
In 2007, Larson became the youngest driver to win at the quarter-mile clay oval in the foothills at just 14 years old. It was following that victory that Larson said he wanted to one day become a professional NASCAR driver.
After his historical win, Larson’s career continued to flourish as transformed from being a weekend warrior to a career race car driver, winning numerous prestigious events on dirt before moving to asphalt where he claimed a NASCAR Regional championship in his first season. At the peak of his early career success, Larson then signed with veteran team owner Chip Ganassi to compete at the sport’s highest level.
With the famed World of Outlaws tour competing on a Wednesday night and the NASCAR tour in the California region, Larson is looking forward to returning home in what will be the biggest racing event of the year at the track that is still one of his favorites. Last year, Larson was slated to compete in the local event but was forced to sit out to recover from a crash during the NASCAR race at California Speedway just days before the Placerville event.
“Placerville is such a fun little race track,” said Larson. “The track is fast with usually two grooves and I am really excited to come back and see a lot of familiar faces in the pit area and hopefully put on a good show for the fans.”
For information on the World of Outlaws event at Placerville Speedway visit www.placervillespeedway.com.
Meet Outlaw driver Greg Wilson in Folsom
Local race fans will have the opportunity to get a sneak peak at the upcoming National World of Outlaws event at Placerville Speedway at a special meet and greet for a good cause in Folsom. Ohio’s Greg Wilson, who competes in the traveling tour will be on hand at Folsom Tire Pros at 90 Clarksville Road next Tuesday, March 28 from 11 am until 3pm.
Wilson has been racing dirt sprint cars for 24 years and is currently in his second full season with the World of Outlaws as the driver of the Hercules Tires sponsored #20. Hercules Tires are sold at Folsom Tire Pros and Wilson will be on site for photo opportunities with his car at the local store.
There will be a variety of food and games available throughout the day with proceeds benefitting the Independence Fund. Tire Pros is a partner with The Independence Fund to mobilize wounded veterans through a program known as Allies for Independence which raises funds for all terrain mobility devices for wounded veterans.
Folsom residents are encouraged to come out and meet the driver, bring the kids to see the race car and participate in various games. Wilson will compete on track, Wednesday, March 29th at Placerville Speedway on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.