August (By Tyson Graves)
Kyle Larson was turning heads in 2020 as he was winning everything in open wheel racing. Then some photos surfaced towards the end of the summer of Kyle standing beside the classic Rumley #6. Kyle was testing the Rumley machine in hopes to compete soon on the dirt late model scene. The NASCAR driver who had been suspended due to a racial slur during an online race took the opportunity to do some things he had always wanted to do.
Kyle would enter the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event weekend at Port Royal Speedway. Kyle was no stranger to Port Royal as he had competed many times there in open wheel events. In his preliminary night of the Rumble by the River he picked up a heat race win. In a great first late model start Kyle came home with a top five finish. This was an amazing feat but was just a little preview of what was to come.
The Friday night preliminary event was canceled due to rain. This led to Kyle gearing up for the Saturday night finale at Port Royal. Larson topped the charts in Group B qualifying and gave him a great starting spot for his heat race. Larson would win his heat race and put himself on the front row for the $15,000 to win feature event. He would start on the front row with the best currently in late model racing beside him, Brandon Sheppard.
In the 50-lap feature event Kyle would jump out to the early led. Kyle would lead all fifty laps and hold off Brandon Sheppard for the Lucas Oil Series win. In only his second night of late model competition Larson was able to pull of an impressive win for someone who had never piloted a late model before. He commented in victory lane that it had to be one the biggest wins of his career. He did not expect to win on his first weekend out. He was gracious for the opportunity and we saw a couple more outings from Kyle before 2020 was over. Look to see Larson in a fender car again on the dirt in 2021. Along with many others from Larson, this was on the top moments of this past race season.