HARTFORD, Ohio — Kyle Larson continued as the hottest driver in North American motorsports on Tuesday night, scoring his fourth win in eight days and second-consecutive Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory at Sharon Speedway.
Larson started sixth on the grid but wasted no time in working his way to the front of the field. He moved around early leader Rico Abreu on lap four, withstanding multiple waves of traffic and late race charges from both Abreu and Carson Macedo en route to the triumph.
The Arctic Cat All Star victory was the sixth of Larson’s career, all coming during Ohio Sprint Speedweek, and his second of the season.
“It’s really cool to win this race a year after Bryan Clauson won this race. The Clauson family means a lot to me,” Larson said. “Paul Silva really made some big improvements tonight. He tried some things in the dash, but we were really slow. He made some more changes and they really worked out. Hats off to Paul. He’s the smartest guy in the pit area.”
California drivers swept the podium in Ohio, with Larson leading Macedo and Abreu to the checkered flag.
And while Larson was in charge, the battle for second and third may have attracted just as much attention.
Abreu and Macedo battled for nearly half of the entire 30-lap distance, exchanging positions and sliders on multiple occasions. Despite lap after lap of position swapping and slide job attempts, Macedo did not officially overtake Abreu for the runner-up position until lap 23.
“I had a lot of fun here tonight,” Macedo said. “This ended up being such an awesome race track. If you would have told me it was going to be that good at the beginning of the night, I would have never believed it. This team gave me a great car. Kyle Larson is the best right now. To run second to him, we’ll take that and move forward.”
“I’m pretty happy. Everything is going pretty well for this team.”
A caution on lap 22 was the only pause during the Sharon program. Despite the sudden stop in momentum, Larson used the restart to his advantage and instantly opened his lead to over two seconds.
One last surge by Macedo with a few circuits remaining closed the gap, but Larson still crossed under the final checkers 1.25 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.
“This dirt was great, too,” Larson added. “You could run from the inside tires to the outside wall. I actually looked up at the scoreboard at one point and noticed that Macedo got around Abreu, so I knew he had to be pretty good because I saw Abreu’s nose a few times racing below me. I thought I was running a pretty good line which was going to make it hard for Macedo to pass me. I have no idea where he was running, whether it was on the top or bottom.
“Regardless, it’s pretty cool to have a California podium sweep here.”
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