Larson Starts off Gold Cup with Two Wins
CHICO, CA (9-5-12) - "We better enjoy this kid while we can
because pretty soon we will all be watching him on Sunday's," said second place
finisher Andy Forsberg. Of course Forsberg was referring to Elk Grove's Kyle
Larson. Larson put on quite a show for the fans at Silver Dollar Speedway
tonight. The defending Gold Cup Champion won both the USAC Western Classic
Racing Series and Civil War main events tonight. "I had two good cars tonight,"
said Larson. "I have to thank both the Ford family and the Finley family for
giving me the chance to race tonight." Larson added, "The bottom of the track
was good tonight and I just kept trying to hit my marks. I mean I missed the
line a few times but all in all I kept it stuck in there pretty well." Forsberg
was the bridesmaid in both features tonight. "The big problem I had tonight is
that Kyle Larson's too good and I'm not," said Forsberg when asked about his
runner up finishes. Sacramento's Kyle Hirst finished third in the Civil War main
event. "I tried the top on the last few laps and just ran out of time," said
Hirst. "I can't thank Rod Tiner enough for letting me drive his car."
Andy Forsberg jumped out to the early lead during the 22-car starting field,
30-lap main event. Kyle Hirst fell into the second spot while Larson ran third.
Lap nine saw Larson ease his way around Hirst for second. On a lap 10 restart,
Larson got around Forsberg for the lead. Larson went on to battle his way around
slower cars and try to keep Forsberg behind him.
The top three raced evenly for the next few laps. Larson was quicker than the
two cars behind him but the slower traffic was giving him fits. At one point
Forsberg moved to within a car length of Larson for the lead. Hirst caught up to
Forsberg and on the last lap made strides to try and steal a second place finish
at the line. Rico Abreu continues to make a lot of fans happy. He was really
quick on most restarts. Abreu would use the high line to pass cars going into
turn one. Abreu wound up with a fourth place finish. Fast time qualifier Herman
Klein rounded out the top five. Klein had to come through tonight's B main event
to secure a starting spot in the feature. Klein turned a 12.881 in qualifying.
Cole Wood won the first heat race of the night. John Michael Bunch provided a
nice spark to win the second heat race. Colby Wiez won the third heat race with
ease. Jimmy Trulli dominated the fourth heat race.
Larson started on the pole position for the 19-car wingless USAC A feature.
The race was originally scheduled for 30 laps but cut to 20 due to five yellow
flags and three red-flag stoppages for rollovers. Larson would eventually lead
every lap of the shortened race. Forsberg did his best to keep up with the
talented driver from Elk Grove but was never able to get close enough to make a
pass. Shauna Hogg of Citrus Heights' really impressed us tonight. She avoided
all the big wrecks and was able to hang right outside the top two. Hogg finished
in the third spot. Tony Hunt rebounded from an earlier spin to come back and
finish fourth. Both Hogg and Hunt are regulars on the circuit and both were very
impressive tonight. Ninth place starting Mark Tabor Jr. raced his way into a
fifth place finish.
Terry Schank Jr. took a nasty ride off turn four after he and Matt Streeter
made contact. Schank walked away but the car was badly damaged. Schank did win
the first heat race he entered tonight. He also set the fastest lap in
qualifying. Kyle Hirst won the second heat while Larson won the third heat.
Schank fast lap in qualifying was a 14.409.
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