Last week, Kiwis discovered what the American racing community already knows -- Kyle Larson is a wheelman.
"Kyle Larson is a freak..." topped one of the message boards on the Macgors New Zealand Speedway website after the 20-year-old Elk Grove, Calif., native put on a show to close out 2012 and begin the new year.
Before Larson returned to the United States on Sunday, he went four for four in the International Midget World Series, which started on Dec. 29 at Western Springs Speedway. The Auckland track crowned him "King of the Springs" after he won the third feature -- a 40-lap race on Jan. 1.
In 123 starts last year, Larson drove for 22 different owners in midgets, winged and non-winged sprints, trucks and stock cars. He won 30 times in seven different-style cars on 20 different tracks, including dirt and pavement. Larson finished fifth in USAC's Midget division. He is also the defending champion in the K&N Pro Series East, in which he won two races and posted an average fin...