PETERSEN MEDIA- Returning to the seat of Paul Silva’s potent No. 57 this last week, Kyle Larson pocked the teams second World of Outlaw win of the season, to go along with finishes of second, fourth, seventh and 20th.
“I can’t thank Paul Silva and his team enough for their hard work all week long,” Larson said. “We had a little bit of bad luck, but overall we put together some good runs, and it is great to grab a win with Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and Kick It on the side of the car.”
Taking to the Antioch Speedway on Sunday night, Larson timed his Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation/Kick It/Lucas Oil Products entry in 13th fastest, putting him on the front row of his heat race.
Scoring a second place finish behind Jonathan Allard, Larson earned a berth in the Dash, and returned the favor to Allard as he beat him in the Dash, and earned the pole for the 30-lap feature event.
On an extremely slick and tricky surface, Larson got the jump and tip-toed around the Antioch Speedway with Allard breathing down his neck.
Withstanding numerous cautions, Larson would go on to pocket his second World of Outlaw win in his home state of 2013.
“The car was great again, and it is nice to win, because I’m not sure how many more of these races (World of Outlaws) I will be able to run again with moving to the Sprint Cup Series next year,” he said. “It’s always fun racing against Jonathan Allard and TK, and great to beat them every once in a while.”
The night before, Larson was in the Kick-It machine at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA where he had hopes of earning his third consecutive Gold Cup crown.
With 54 cars on hand, the Elk Grove, CA driver timed his machine in fifth fastest, putting him in the second row of his heat race.
Scoring a fourth place finish, Larson would just miss out on a Dash berth, and find himself lining up in the 14th position for the 40-lap contest.
With his work cut out for him, Larson looked to be up to the challenge, as he began navigating his way through cars, on his way to the front.
Working his way inside the top five at the halfway point, the red flag waived, and officials elected to ‘open’ it.
Under the red, it was discovered Larson’s right-rear was punctured, and the team plugged it, hoping it would last the remaining 20-laps.
Battling up into the fourth spot, Larson’s tire was noticeably low, but the 21-year-old pilot did everything he could and held on to a fourth place finish.
“It would have been awesome to win another Gold Cup, but we had a little bad luck, and still hung on to score a fifth place finish.”
Earlier in the week, Larson scored a second place finish at the Cottage Grove Speedway, a seventh place finish at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, OR, and his only blemish of the week was a 20th place finish at the Gray’s Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA.
The Silva Motorsports team thanks The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, Kick It, Lucas Oil Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, Pro Bilt Construction, Palmero Properties, Finley Farms, Car and Fleet, Stepping Stone Genetics, FK Rod Ends, OMP Racing, Wesmar Racing Engines, Amerikote, XYZ, Hoosier Tire, Pro Shocks, Banshee Graphics, Dan Olson Products, K&N Filters, RE Technologies, Weld, Schoenfeld Headers, Butlerbuilt Seats, Vortex Wings, CP Pistons, Cometic Gaskets, Huggins Cams, BR Ignitioneering, Blackwell Consolidation, Shift Creative, and Petersen Media for their partnership in 2013.
SILVA MOTORSPORTS 2013 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-20, Wins-5, Top-5’s-13-, Top 10’s-15
ON TAP: The Silva Motorsports team will return to action for the 20th Annual Trophy Cup in Tulare, CA on October 18-19th.
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