Close to Home: Elk Grove, California native Kyle Larson will return to his home state this weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Royal Purple 300. Hailing from the northern portion of the Golden State, Larson began building his racing resume at just seven years of age, with California presenting itself as a hot bed of motorsports opportunities for his career. Larson collected several triumphs in midgets and sprint cars over the next three years and was crowned “King of California” in 2010 as the Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series Champion. With that kind of history, the Turner Scott Motorsports driver anticipates the return to his home state.
“I’ve done a lot of traveling over the past couple years, so it will be nice to come back to California and Auto Club Speedway,” Larson said. “I remember going to a lot of races all over California when I was younger, and there were a lot of tracks I’ve raced on that gave me good opportunities to grow and succeed. Though Fontana is pretty far from my hometown, it’s always nice to come home and race in your home state.”
Looking Back: Kyle Larson and the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports team went to Thunder Valley for the NNS Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 hoping to come away with a clean finish in their Cottonelle Camaro after a tough start to the 2012 season. Steering clear of any trouble and methodically picking his way through the field, Larson found himself in striking distance on the final lap to battle for the win. Going door-to-door as he crossed the stripe under the checkered flag, Larson came away with runner-up honors in the second-closest NNS finish in history at Bristol.
Lefty’s Reading Challenge: Larson will spend some time in Lefty’s Fun Zone at Auto Club Speedway prior to Saturday’s qualifying session at 9:45 am, reading to some of the elementary school winners of Lefty’s Reading Challenge.
This Week’s Camaro: The No. 32 Eveready Chevy Camaro team has prepared chassis TSM-331 for competition this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. This Camaro was completely rebuilt in the offseason and will see its first track time this weekend.
Crew Chief Keys: “I’m really excited to go to Auto Club Speedway because it’s a track I’ve always had good success at,” Owens explained. “We can build off of the momentum we had at Bristol too; I’m really proud of our team and how they improved the car from the beginning of the weekend to battling for the win on Saturday. It’s easy when everything is perfect all weekend, but when you can build on something like that, it’s really encouraging.”
Kyle Larson on Auto Club Speedway:“I haven’t raced at Auto Club Speedway, but I’ve watched a bunch of races and it looks like a lot of fun to me. It seems like the track has aged, so I’m thinking it will be slick and challenging. There’s more than one groove, which makes for great racing. I’m really looking forward to going there with our Eveready Camaro.”