Larson Scores Emotional Victory With the Outlaws

As they say, ‘after every storm, there is a rainbow.’ That proved to be true for Kyle Larson Saturday night, as he scored an emotional victory with the World of Outlaws in the Drydene Double Down Invitational on Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

 

“It feels really cool,” Larson said. “I’ve always wanted to race here at Pevely and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I can’t thank you fans enough for the support you’ve given me over the last little bit. It really means a lot. Everybody who’s on this car, Tarlton, Finley Farms, Lucas Oil, Priority Aviation, my family, my friends – everybody. This win means so much personally, I can’t even describe it.”

 

Although Larson’s car was not the car to beat until the feature, he still carried speed by placing third in Qualifying Flight A, following Logan Schuchart, who set quick time in the flight and Pennsylvania-native, Freddie Rahmer. Friday night’s feature winner, Brad Sweet timed in quickest in his respective group as well.

 

Again, Larson finished second to Schuchart in their heat race, but transferred to the dash. Shane Stewart and Brad Sweet both won their heat races, as did Brent Marks with a 0.055 margin over second-place.

 

It was the 2019 World of Outlaws Ironman 55 winner, Sheldon Haudenschild, who held off the fellow eight competitors in the Dash for the top starting spot for the feature.

 

Haudenschild would lead the field to green on the 40-lap World of Outlaws Drydene Double Down feature and looked to be the driver to beat after leading over halfway. However, on lap 20, he jumped the cushion in turn two, which caused him to flip and ultimately ended his night.

 

Larson then inherited the lead, but Brent Marks and Brad Sweet were right on his bumper. Larson didn’t pull away from the drivers gunning for the top spot, either. Lapped traffic came in to play within a couple of laps after restarting, making it difficult for Larson to get a gap on the field.

 

However, it was dicing through the lapped traffic and holding off the No. 5 CJB Motorsports machine that led to Kyle Larson claiming the win and becoming $20,000 richer.

 

“I knew I needed cautions because traffic played such a factor tonight, but everything really fell right in my lap tonight. We had a good car to go along with it. Again, I can’t think each and every one of you enough and all of the fans watching on DirtVision and all of my supporters. It truly means a lot and I can’t wait to get my journey started and see where my future goes.”

 

-Story by: Madison Mabry, Speed51 Correspondent

-Photo credit: Mark Funderburk

 

Results – World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – May 23, 2020

 

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Brent Marks
  3. Brad Sweet
  4. Logan Schuchart
  5. Brock Zearfoss
  6. Shane Stewart
  7. Carson Macedo
  8. Donny Schatz
  9. Ian Madsen
  10. Cory Eliason
  11. Daryn Pittman
  12. Parker Price-Miller
  13. Rico Abreu
  14. Bill Balog
  15. Kraig Kinser
  16. Freddie Rahmer
  17. David Gravel
  18. Jason Sides
  19. Paul McMahan
  20. Lynton Jeffrey
  21. Jacob Allen
  22. Aaron Reutzel
  23. Terry McCarl
  24. Sheldon Haudenschild
  25. Dominic Scelzi
  26. Brian Brown

Larson Scores Emotional Victory With the Outlaws