NASCAR Cup Series points leader Kyle Larson tops the list of racing superstars set to compete in the $ 10,000 Super Late Model Castrol FloRacing Night in America event up for grabs on Wednesday at Volunteer Speedway.
In addition to being the current NASCAR leader and winner of the last two Cup races, Larson is second in the Castrol FloRacing standings behind three-time Lucas Oil Series national champion Jonathan Davenport.
Larson has claimed all eight of the Cup Series’ best wins, including the Bass Pro Shops NRA night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It has won several major off-road open-wheel races this season, including the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, Knoxville Nationals and King’s Royal for sprint cars.
He has 11 wins and 18 top-five finishes in 26 starts for winged sprint cars in 2021. He has also won four midget races and three late model races. Success with limited experience in late dirt models showcases Larson’s talent.
Davenport has its own share of big wins this season, including the main event at the Bristol Dirt Nationals and his fourth World 100 at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway.
Other big stars include reigning Lucas Oil Series champion Jimmy Owens of Newport and reigning World of Outlaws Late Model champion Brandon Sheppard, winner of the latest WoO event at Bulls Gap.
East Tennessee dirt trackers Jensen Ford of Johnson City, Vic Hill of Morristown, Ryan King of Seymour, Cory Hedgecock of Loudon and Steve Smith of Powell will try to beat the national stars.
The grandstands open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6.30 p.m. The Sportsman Late Model, Street Stock and Front Wheel Drive classes are also in action.
WARM SUMMER NIGHTS
Haley Ball won the first of two races to win the women’s race in Saturday’s Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series event at Cathey’s Creek MX in Forest City, NC.
The Kingsport rider finished 1-2 on his Honda to beat Boone’s Mekenlea Hayes. Dawson Ball, another Kingsport rider, finished second on a pair of 450C bikes, but that added to the 450C overall victory.
Chandler Carver of Jonesborough won the 450D on a Kawasaki.
Johnson City Honda rider Trey Emert was second in the 25+ race. Other finalists were posted by Carson Eads of Kingsport in CollegeBoy and Knox Bennett of Johnson City in 51cc Beginner.