Kyle Larson was the first High Limit Sprint Car Series driver to accept the Dirt Dice challenge which called for him to give up a front row starting spot to go for an extra $8,000 by dropping back to 8th at the start of the feature at Tri-City Speedway. ‘Yung Money’ rose through the field, aided by some attrition at the front of the pack, then took the lead late in the going and drove on to his second consecutive victory on the series.
The Paul Silva Motorsports driver from Elk Grove, California earned $30,023 from the track located in Granite City, Illinois in a race shown live by FloRacing.com.
A total of 31 cars were signed in for competition
Qualifying Results: 1. Rico Abreu(11.940), 2. Anthony Macri, 3. Brian Brown, 4. Austin Mccarl, 5. Justin Sanders, 6. Brent Marks, 7. Danny Dietrich, 8. Parker Price-Miller, 9. Kyle Larson, 10. Brady Bacon
Heat 1 Results: 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Justin Sanders, 4. Cory Eliason, 5. Zeb Wise
Heat 2 Results: 1. Anthony Macri, 2. Brent Marks, 3. Sam Hafertepe Jr., 4. Ryan Timms, 5. Brady Bacon
Heat 3 Results: 1. Brian Brown, 2. Danny Dietrich, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Lachlan McHugh, 5. C.J. Leary
Heat 4 Results: 1. Austin McCarl, 2. Parker Price-Miller, 3. Blake Hahn, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Aaron Reutzel
B-main Finish: 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Joe B. Miller, 3. Cole Macedo, 4. Chase Randall
High Limit Dash Finish: 1. Parker Price-Miller, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Brent Marks, 4. Anthony Macri, 5. Danny Dietrich, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Austin McCarl, 8. Brian Brown, 9. Justin Sanders
Feature Re-cap: On the initial start of the 35-lap feature a multi-car crash involving Buddy Kofoid, Tyler Courtney, Brady Bacon and Cole Macedo brought out an immediate red flag.
When the race got going, Price-Miller took the lead with Dietrich, Marks, Macri and Abreu trailing. Dietrich took the lead when he passed Price-Miller on the second lap. Marks also got around Price-Miller to claim second on lap 4.
A lap 8 caution flag waved when Dietrich slowed in turn two leaving Marks with nowhere to go other than into the back of the race leader. Both of those cars were eliminated from competition.
Under the caution, Price-Miller led Abreu, Macri and Larson. On the restart, Abreu went to the lead with Price-Miller, Macri, Larson and Brown following. Larson took third from Macri on lap 12 then began to close in on Price-Miller. Abreu began to encounter slower traffic on lap 15 but a lap 21 red for the flipping car of Price-Miller again stopped the action.
Macri took third from Eliason on lap 24 as Larson closed in on Abreu to fight for the lead. Larson’s efforts paid off as he briefly passed Abreu with a slide job on lap 27. Two laps later, the former NASCAR champion took the lead for good and began to pull away from Abreu.
Larson crossed under the checkered flag just before a red flag was displayed when Reutzel rolled over. But Larson’s win was official which allowed him to collected the bonus money.
“My car felt really good,” Larson said in his post-race interview with FloRacing. “We got that red and I was kind of running through the crumbs before that in three and four. I could tell the top of three and four was getting really sketchy, Parker was making mistakes up there. When the red came out I saw there was a clean lane of grip. I figured Rico was going to run the top and he did. I got to his inside a couple of times and I was able to throw a slider on him.”
Feature Results: 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Cory Eliason, 4. Anthony Macri, 5. Sam Hafertepe Jr., 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Austin McCarl, 8. Lachlan McHugh, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Brian Brown, 11. Aaron Reutzel, 12. Buddy Kofoid, 13. Blake Hahn, 14. Ryan Timms, 15. Chase Randall, 16. Justin Sanders, 17. C.J. Leary, 18. Joe B. Miller, 19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 20. Conner Morrell, 21. Parker Price-Miller, 22. Danny Dietrich, 23. Brent Marks
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