NASCAR Sprint Cup star set for Sydney visit

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson

NASCAR Sprint Cup racer Kyle Larson will head to Australia at the end of the year to race sprintcars at Valvoline Raceway.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver is set to contest four meetings at the Sydney venue driving a brand new Cool Chassis/KRE Engines sprintcar.

Larson has enjoyed a breakthrough season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup this year highlighted by a maiden victory at the Pure Michigan 400 in August.

Alongside his NASCAR commitments, the 24-year-old also finished fifth in the prestigious 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals speedway meeting.

Larson will begin his Australian schedule with an appearance in the Australian Sprintcar Grand Prix on Boxing Day December 26 followed by a run in the Peter Murphy Appreciation Night meeting on December 28.

The American racer is also confirmed to take part in New South Wales Sprintcar Championship round on December 28, before a run in the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Firecracker 50 lapper on January 1.

“I’m really excited about coming Down Under to Valvoline Raceway,” said Larson.

“I often check out the coverage of the racing down there and watch my friends Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne race. I feel like I know a bit about the place before I’ll even get there.”

Valvoline Raceway managing director Steven Green added, “This is a landmark day for Valvoline Raceway and the USC.”

“We’ve been working on this for some time now and I’m delighted to say that Kyle has agreed to come and race with us.

“Right now those dates are what he has time for, certainly if he’s available for any other opportunities at our MadeTooGo circuits we’d love to accommodate him.

“To be honest we’re just so grateful for those four nights, but if he has the time and the inclination to extend his stay I’m sure we can find room for him.”

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