How Much Did Kyle Larson Pocket for Winning the Hangtown Midget Race?

Published 11/21/2021, 4:12 AM EST
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – AUGUST 15: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 15, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


Kyle Larson just keeps on winning. It’s come to a point in which one could place him in any car, on any circuit, in any league, and Larson will come first. This is not an exaggeration but simply an assumption in line with Larson’s wins. To which the 29-year-old driver added another, by winning in Hangtown 100.

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Larson, who was born in Elk-Groove, finished first after starting on seventh in the 30 lap race and took home $5,000 in prize money.

He admitted that the race was ‘difficult.’ After moving up to third place, he revealed how he made his way to the top. He explained how he was glad that Emerson Axsom didn’t move down despite him ‘showing my nose’ many times.

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“The track was so fast there. I got up to third and I can’t really remember how I got by a couple of cars,” Larson said as reported in Toby Christie.

“I found a line there in three and four before one of the cautions, and I really used that to my advantage with Emerson and Bryant [Wiedeman] running the top.”

Larson came first with a margin of 0.663 seconds over Emerson Axsom in second and Bryant Wiedeman in third.

Interestingly, while the Hendrick Driver was making moves up the field, his NASCAR teammate was finding his feet (or his tires’) on the relatively unfamiliar track of dirt racing.

Kyle Larson excelled while NASCAR teammate Chase Elliott struggled

Chase Elliott, who only made his foray into the world of dirt racing in 2021, naturally struggled on Friday. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Champion failed to make Friday’s main event in which Larson won.

In Qualifying, Elliott was only the sixth fastest among the eight cars. And in the heat race, he again finished sixth of the eight.

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Chase Elliott was presented with one last chance to qualify among the top three from the 15 cars in the semi-race. But the Hendrick driver could only finish 11th.

Elliott’s little experience in dirt racing includes participation in Chili Bowls Nationals, BC39, USAC NOS Energy Drink National, Bubba Raceway Park and a few more in 2021. While his teammate Kyle Larson, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion, is already a modern-day legend in dirt car racing.

Nov 7, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

With his win on Friday, Larson has set himself up nicely for the main event on Saturday. He won the race in 2019 as well, along with a $20,000 prize money, which he would want to win again this weekend, continuing what has been a year for the history books.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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