Kyle Larson in victory lane at Knoxville Raceway. (Frank Smith photograph)
KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Kyle Larson stored his season of superiority churning Saturday at Knoxville Raceway, as he turned again David Gravel on a late-race restart to win the ultimate evening of The One and Solely.
Larson led all 30 laps of the World of Outlaws NOS Vitality Drink Dash Automobile Collection characteristic from the pole and earned a 0.759-second victory over Gravel that paid $50,000.
“It means a lot,” Larson stated. “2020 has been a crazy year. … (My car) was really, really good.”
It’s Larson’s 31st victory of the season within the filth ranks. After blitzing by the sprint to land him on the pole, Larson checked out to a 2.7-second lead 9 laps in and 6 laps faraway from the race’s first restart.
Aaron Reutzel ran second early, however a rear-end failure sidelined him after three laps. Larson rocketed into clear air on the restart whereas Gravel and eventual third-place finisher Logan Schuchart raced for second.
Larson caught lapped visitors on lap 11 and that’s when he made it clear he may make his automobile work anyplace. By lap 17, his lead swelled to three.5 seconds and grew to over 4 seconds with 4 laps remaining.
“I felt like I set a really good pace,” Larson stated. “I was struggling in the dash to get down the straightaways. In the main event I could get down the straightaways really good. When I caught lapped traffic, I wanted to be aggressive.”
However proper when issues appeared over, a pink flag for James McFadden stacked issues up with two laps left and gave Gravel had one final shot at Larson.
On the restart, Larson didn’t get a clear leap and as an alternative of cruising across the high going into flip one, he needed to shield the underside. That last-second audible was the distinction for Larson, as Gravel additionally took the underside and due to this fact couldn’t try a slide job for the lead.
“Wasn’t quite sure what to do in one and two there,” Larson stated. “I decided to protect in (turn) one, and that’s always nerve-wracking. I didn’t know if he went to the top and have a run on me into (turns) three and four. My car is just so good, once again. It’s been a lot of fun to come here (at Knoxville).”
Larson didn’t mess up the exit of that nook, crusing onto the again chute and into the evening with one other prize within the bag.
“It’s been a heck of a year,” Larson stated. “And we still have a lot of racing left. So, I’m hoping we can continue to win these races.”
Carson Macedo and Spencer Bayston rounded out the highest 5.
Donny Schatz, who blew a motor in his qualifier, charged from the rear of the C-Essential to complete 12th within the characteristic.
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