Larson enters Caraway Speedway event

SOPHIA – Kyle Larson has entered Wednesday night’s CARS Tour $10,000-to-win race at Caraway Speedway in a No. 5 car prepared by JR Motorsports.

He will be seeking his first victory in a Late Models car in 10 years since winning on Daytona International Speedway’s backstretch short track.

Larson, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion, will serve as a teammate to current series points leader and defending champion Carson Kvapil.

“It’s really cool that Kyle is coming to Caraway with us,” Kvapil said according to information provided by the track. “He’s a NASCAR champion and one of those guys who can drive anything and be really competitive right away. As a team, we’ve been pretty good at Caraway, with the win last season in the Old North State Nationals, and I know how our cars perform there. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to race with him.”

Layne Riggs will also be on hand piloting the No. 62 Late Model owned by Kevin and DeLana Harvick. Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Justin Marks are the owners of the series. Harvick plans to do triple duty Wednesday night as an owner of the series, a car owner and a father as his son Keelan competes in the Legends cars 25-lapper.

Other drivers expected for the 125-lap feature for the Late Models are Brenden “Butterball” Queen, Connor Hall, Chad McCumbee and Deac McCaskill. Local drivers Ronnie Bassett, Jr. and Dylan Ward are also entered in a field expected to exceed 25 drivers.

There will be a feature race CARS Tour Pro Late Models as well. Also on tap are features for the US Legends Cars and the Bandoleros.

Prerace activities begin at 6:30 p.m. and race time is 7 p.m.

On Saturday night, the speedway will hold the Rusty Harpe Memorial with the SMART Modified Tour along with Challengers, Mini Stocks, 602 Modifieds, UCARs and Bootleggers.

By Randolph Record