CONCORD, NC (September 22, 2012) Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 6 Rev Racing and L&M Ethanol Maintenance & Contracting, Inc. Toyota Camry, won a drag race to the finish line for his second race win of the season in Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East G-Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
After starting the race in third, Larson proved that his No. 6 Camry was strong and would be a factor as he remained inside the top-five at the 1.058-mile oval for the first half of the race. Battling an ill handling car, Larson began to lose ground on the race leaders prior to the midway break on lap 50.
Jumping into action, the No. 6 team was able to make the necessary adjustments to put Larson back into contention for the race win. With 35 laps remaining, Larson was able to make his move around points leader, Brett Moffitt, for second and closed in on race leader, Corey LaJoie.
As the laps ticked down in the G-Oil 100, Larson pushed his way to the race lead with only 14 laps remaining. Though he began to drive away from the field, Larson would be forced into a shootout with Lajoie for the finish after the red flag was thrown following a multi-car accident on the backstretch on lap 90 of this 100 lap race. With the wave of the green flag, on lap 95, Larson was able to hold off a hard charging LaJoie for the win of this exciting race, which now puts him just three points outside of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points lead.
“It was a lot of fun racing Corey to the checker today. It took five or six laps for the tires to really come in so I could roll around the bottom (of the corners) better,” said Larson. Luckily, we had enough for the win and made up some more points on Brett (Moffitt). I am lucky to have a great team and sponsors, including Toyota and L&M Ethanol Maintenance & Contracting, Inc., who make wins like this possible.”
Starting this weekend with a new sponsor, the Puerto Rico Board of Tourism, Rookie of the Year contender and Larson’s teammate, Bryan Ortiz, also had a memorable day at the Magic Mile. After a rough start to his weekend, which lead to an accident in qualifying, Ortiz was forced to start this race in the 36th position.
Having one of the best cars in the field, Ortiz battled his way into the top-10 by the midpoint of this race. Working hard to keep their driver in contention, the No. 4 team made the necessary adjustments to put Ortiz in the top-five with only 25 laps to go. However, after a caution on lap 88, Ortiz was forced back to the seventh position. Fighting back, though, Ortiz was able to put his No. 4 Puerto Rico Does It Better Toyota into sixth by the wave of the checkered flag.
“ What an amazing race! We had the best car,” said Ortiz. “To start this race in dead last and finish sixth, I am one lucky driver to have the crew, sponsors and quality race team to compete.”
Larson and Ortiz, along with their teammates Ryan Gifford and Jorge Arteaga, will return to action at Dover International Speedway, in the American Real TV 150, next Friday, September 28.