Larson Comes Up Big During Final Night at The Dome

Fresh off a win during Friday night’s preliminary action, everything came up big for NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson Saturday night at the Gateway Dirt Nationals. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver doubled up with another win, taking home the big check, big money and big Gateway trophy.


To kick off the final night at The Dome at America’s Center, it was a matter of locking into the 30-lap feature for most drivers. Chris Windom, Anton Hernandez and Logan Seavey all did so after winning their respective B-Features.


After a redraw, Michael Pickens and Justin Grant made up the front row for the main event, with Larson starting from the fifth position. Right off the bat, young hot-shoe Cannon McIntosh moved to the point and took the top spot away from Pickens. However, it didn’t take long for Larson to make ground on McIntosh and start looking to make a move for the lead. Within a couple of laps, Larson made the pass for position and sailed his way to victory lane once again.


“I knew with Cannon (McIntosh) getting the lead early that he was probably going the toughest in the field cause he’s really good at tracks like this in the midgets, I’m actually surprised I was able to get around him,” Larson said. “The track actually slicked off a little and that made it easier to get through the holes and I got in a pretty good rhythm that last run. I actually messed up those last lap, but still had a big enough gap to still pull off the win.”


Overall, after three days of racing at The Dome, Larson was amazed by the atmosphere at the event.


“I was sitting in the car before the race and looking around the stands, this is amazing to see,” Larson said. “The majority are late model fans, but it’s cool that we can showcase what we can do in these little cars. Cody Sommer and his whole crew have worked so hard on this event and the track crew has busted their butts just to give us the best track they can get. The hard work has been awrsome to see. Thanks for all these guys do to support grassroots racing. We’re looking forward to next year.”


Race fans can find on-demand updates, photos and more from the Gateway Dirt Nationals by visiting Speed51’s Race Day Now.


Gateway Dirt Nationals Midgets Unofficial Results

1. Kyle Larson
2. Chris Windom
3. Tyler Courtney
4. Tanner Thorson
5. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
6. Michael Pickens
7. Logan Seavey
8. Christopher Bell
9. Justin Grant
10. Chase Briscoe
11. Blake Hahn
12. Austin Brown
13. Thomas Meseraull
14. Cannon McIntosh
15. Andrew Felker
16. Anton Hernandez
17. Paul Nienhiser
18. Karter Sarff
19. Jonathan Beason
20. Sammy Swindell


-Story by: Madison Mabry, Speed51 Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51

Larson Comes Up Big During Final Night at The Dome