ABBOTTSTOWN — NASCAR Monster Energy points leader Kyle Larson made it official in Monday night’s Pennsylvania Speedweek show at Lincoln Speedway. There is nothing he can’t do in a race car.
“Last night (at Path Valley) was my style of track and tonight wasn’t, so this is awesome to get the win in front of a huge crowd here," Larson said from victory lane. "I thank all of you for coming out.”
Time trials and a four-car inversion for the feature placed NASCAR stars Kasey Kahne and Larson beside each other on Row 5 for the start. Larson quickly went to the top and to the front, advancing to fourth by the end of the third lap.
He caught Trey Starks for third a lap later, took second from third-starting Alan Krimes on lap six, and then made his race-winning move around polesitter and race-long leader Lucas Wolfe.
“I couldn’t believe the top was that good. I’ve watched so many videos of Krimes here cruising around the bottom, so I knew I was going to have move down eventually,” said Larson, “I wasn’t very good down there, and I could hear him right behind me. I had to make sure I didn’t miss my marks too bad and slip up off the bottom for him to get underneath me.”
Krimes, who pressured Larson over the second half of the race after catching Wolfe for second on Lap 14, settled for second, .34 seconds behind the winner. Third through fifth were outside front row starter Dale Blaney, Wolfe and Starks.
Steve Wilbur started on the front row and led every lap for his first Lincoln 358 sprint car win. He became the 11th different winner in 12 races in the Pigeon Hills this year.
Ryan Higgins and C.J. Tracy ran second and third the entire way, with Jeff Halligan and Doug Hammaker completing the top five. Brie Hershey slowed to a stop on the backstretch while running fourth on lap 11.