LONG POND, Pa. – official release – ARCA photo — After a recent test session at Pocono Raceway in a NASCAR Sprint Cup car, Kyle Larson decided he needed more time behind the seat at the 2.5-mile ‘Tricky Triangle.’
To help give him that time, Larson has entered Saturday’s Pocono ARCA 200.
“It’s all about seat time,” Larson said Friday morning in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards garage. “Any chance you can get behind the wheel of a car and at a track, it’s important. That’s why I am here today.”
For a driver who has already logged nearly 8,000 miles behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series car, more seat time might seems strange. But, Larson will be doing just that in the 80-lap, 200-mile Pocono ARCA 200.
Larson is no stranger to the ARCA Racing Series. He made one start in the series in 2012, finishing 13th at Michigan International Speedway. In 2013, he started the season by racing at Daytona International Speedway, finishing second. That race was a pre-requisite for him running in the NASCAR races the following weekend.
“Daytona is totally different than Pocono,” Larson said. “At Daytona, you couldn’t really pass. We’ll be able to pass here. At least, I think we will.”
Larson is currently leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie of the year standings and is 10th overall. He has two Nationwide and one Camping World Truck Series victory to his credit.
Larson is entered in a Turner Scott Motorsports car, the No. 4 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet. He will also be in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
In Friday’s only practice session, Larson turned the fastest lap of the 28 cars, a lap of 168.767.
Saturday’s Pocono ARCA 200 will be live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 1 p.m.
“I’m excited to be here and for this weekend,” Larson said.