SPRING RUN, Pa. — Kyle Larson crossed a victory off of his bucket list Sunday night at Path Valley Speedway, winning night three of Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek in front of a standing-room-only crowd.
Tyler Walker and Brock Zearfoss led the 24-car field to the initial green flag for the 40-lap main event, and right from the drop of the green, Zearfoss was the man in charge as Walker scattered and fell back to fifth-place.
Zearfoss caught lap traffic on lap five as fourth-starting Larson began to put pressure on his rear bumper.
Larson was able to take advantage of the lapped traffic and drove his car through multiple racing lanes to slide by Zearfoss for the lead on lap seven.
“Zearfoss was good all day,” Larson said. “Traffic was really intense. He got caught up in traffic and it got really tight in one and two. I got underneath him and just tried making sure I hit my marks.”
Sixth-starting Rico Abreu began to real in on Zearfoss for second, right before the second caution of the night waved on lap 10.
Kyle Moody, who started eighth, snuck under Wolfe on the backstretch and advanced to fourth-place on lap 18.
Pole starter Walker and Dan Shetler made contact and spun going into turn three on lap 19, bringing out the third caution of the night, but it was Larson who led the field at the halfway mark over Zearfoss, Wolfe, Moody and Abreu.
At the checkers, a cruising Larson drove his Paul Silva-owned sprint car to the win, picking up a $5,000 payday and his first-ever Central Pennsylvania trophy.
“It feels good,” smiled Larson in victory lane. “It’s been tough for me a few times when I’ve come out to Central PA. I know this isn’t your typical PA racetrack but I’m counting it as a win. Hats off to my crew. I honestly didn’t feel that good at the start of the feature but we got rolling pretty good. We got decent there late.”
“It’s always tough when you come to PA,” he added. “To get a win here has been on my bucket list. I struggled here in 2012 and 2013 when I came out here, so it’s cool to get a win on our first night of Speedweek. Hopefully we get some more. We have three more nights to get some wins.”
Zearfoss was satisfied to finish second to Larson.
“We started out pretty good,” said Zearfoss. “I just need to get a little better in traffic. This is what Larson races on all the time, so finishing second to him was pretty cool. I wish we could have beat him. I got under him a couple times there. Second place still isn’t bad though, so we’ll take it.
Wolfe capped off the evening with a third-place finish.
“It was an exciting feature,” said Wolfe. “With all of the holes in different spots it was hard to predict what was going to happen especially with fuel early. Everybody made it through the first couple of laps. There were certain spots in traffic where it was pretty tight. It got pretty racy the last 20-laps which gave me a few different options to move around. Fortunately we were able to salvage a different night here and come in third.”
The 600cc Micro Sprints were removed from the schedule after an incident on the track during their first heat race. The driver was treated by emergency personnel immediately according to safety protocol and was transported.
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