Kyle Larson Wants To Run More Dirt Tracks In 2017

Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson said Wednesday afternoon during the NASCAR Media Tour that he hopes to run a number of sprint car and midget races this year that coincide with his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.

Larson, who earlier this month struggled during the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals and failed to make the 55-lap finale after advancing to a C Main from a D Main, said he is allowed to run approximately 25 sprint car and midget races each year.

“I’ve got some races planned. I’m allowed to run about 25 races throughout the year and I’ve already run three or so, four maybe,” Larson said.

He noted this year it will be more difficult to find openings in his calendar compared to last season when the NASCAR schedule lined up perfectly with a number of events, including Ohio Speedweek and the Knoxville Nationals.

This year Larson said he won’t be so lucky.

“This season it is harder to find races. Last year worked out perfect the way NASCAR’s season was, at least where the off weekends fell. I got to run six nights of Ohio Speedweek with the All Stars, I got to run the Knoxville Nationals,” Larson said. “This year I’ll probably only get to run two nights of Ohio Speedweek. Maybe I can run Oskaloosa during Nationals week. I won’t be able to run the Knoxville Nationals. I’ll probably do a couple nights of Midget Week again.

“It’s just getting harder to find races,” Larson added. “I’ll have to look for more midweek sprint car races.”

Larson, the co-owner of Larson-Marks Racing in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, also did a little racing in Australia this offseason. He earned a pair of third-place finishes in three starts. He also intended to race in New Zealand, but bad weather prevented him from doing so.


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