PLACERVILLE, Calif. — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will compete in a special mid-week show on March 29 at Placerville Speedway, when series regular Brad Sweet puts on the Brad Sweet Presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts and Riebes Auto Parts.
During the event, fans from the Golden State will be able to partake in a special treat, as Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader and Elk Grove, California native Kyle Larson will be in competition.
Larson is returning to the track that produced his first career sprint car win.
“I am excited to race in front of a lot familiar fans at Placerville Speedway and to also get the chance to compete against the best sprint car drivers in the world,” said Larson.
“Last year we had Kyle scheduled to race with us on that Wednesday night, but unfortunately, he wasn’t able to because of an injury he sustained in the NASCAR series the weekend prior to our event,” added Sweet. “I know how disappointed he was last year in not racing against us, but I also know how much he is looking forward to competing at this year’s race.”
In the last five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, dating back to last year’s finale at Homestead Miami Speedway, Larson has finished second four times. He is one of only two drivers, the other being Brad Keselowski, to have scored stage points in every event so far this season under NASCAR’s new race format.
Larson also charged through the field to finish second in his most recent sprint car start, which came in an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions race at Volusia Speedway Park in February, when he drove for Tony Stewart Racing in the No. 14 car and ran as the runner-up to TSR teammate Donny Schatz.
An abundance of sprint car stars will be joining Larson at Sweet’s Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown.
Leading the charge is Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz. The eight-time World of Outlaws champion and inaugural winner of the Sweet race at Placerville drives the Tony Stewart Racing/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/No. 15.
Last year’s event winner Jason Johnson is also set to get his Fischer Body Shop/Waco Metal No. 41 back into victory lane and collect a $10,000 payday. Both Schatz and Johnson went on to win sprint car racing’s biggest prize, the Knoxville Nationals, in the same year they won the Placerville Short Track Showdown.
Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Daryn Pittman and Sweet of Grass Valley, driving the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 are two more of the favorites heading into this race.
Other top drivers with the World of Outlaws include former championship runner-up Shane Stewart, who drives the Larson/Marks racing No. 2, Indiana native Joey Saldana in the Elk Grove Ford/Roth Investments No. 17 for newly-formed Stenhouse Jr.-Wood Racing team and local favorite Paul McMahan, driving the Destiny Motorsports No. 4.
The traveling Outlaws will have their hands full with a talented field of local drivers, led by Rutherford’s Rico Abreu. The popular Northern California driver has beat the Outlaws before and will get another chance at the Placerville Short Track Showdown.
Reigning King of the West champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise is back with Roth Motorsports No. 83. Auburn’s Andy Forsberg is a multi-time champion at Placerville Speedway and will look to put the A&A Stepping Stone No. 92 in victory lane. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, Hanford’s DJ Netto and Cory Eliason of Kingsburg are other California drivers hopeful of beating the World of Outlaws at Placervilleas well.
The race will mark Sweet’s third time being a promoter. His own career started at local tracks like Placerville Speedway.
“It feels good to be a part of something local,” said Sweet. “The outpouring of support from the fans, sponsors and teams has been overwhelming.”
CREDIT: World of Outlaws