Kyle Larson, former and current racing stars, descend on Nebraska
EAGLE, Neb. - A week night became race night in Nebraska on Tuesday evening.
Several former and current racing stars took to the dirt at Eagle Raceway outside of Lincoln, as the High Limit Sprint Car Series made its way to the Cornhusker state.
Brad Sweet, Co-Creator for High Limit talked more about the series.
“The High Limit Sprint Car Series is the 410 winged sprint car series that Kyle Larson and I started,” Sweet said. “FloRacing is the subscription based, pay-per-view platform that broadcasts the races. We were able to do a 12-race mid-week series that works around Kyle Larson, our superstar that headlines a lot of these shows, but we have a lot of racers from across the country that come out and support these events.”
2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson won this event the last time it was in Nebraska in 2017.
“I really loved this track,” Larson said. “I loved the atmosphere, the crowd was great and they just haven’t raced 410 sprint cars, so I know the fans have been wanting to see 410 cars here again, so when we talked about the series, this is the one track I said over and over we had to get back to.”
For Rico Abreu, who finished second in the main feature, coming to Nebraska is special as his fiancé is from the area, and comes from deep racing ties.
“I don’t get to race in this state much, but I spend time here throughout the year,” Abreu said. “Obviously Meagan [Abreu’s fiancé] is a Droud, the success their family has had racing cars in the state of Nebraska… lots of family history.’
Former NASCAR star Kasey Kahne also made an appearance. The 18-time Cup Series winner is back racing sprint cars full time after a brief hiatus from the sport.
“I needed a break… My body needed a break. I did NASCAR for 16-17 years, but I needed a break,” Kahne said. “I started racing heavily again the last couple of years, there’s ups and downs, but at times I feel pretty good and I still really enjoy racing and we’ve had the sprint car teams for awhile that have done really well over the years and I enjoy that.”
When the night was all said and done, the man they call “Yung Money” parked it in victory lane, reminiscent of his win six years ago.
“Haven’t seen winged 410 sprint cars go around here since 2017... We were able to win that one that night, and then again tonight,” Larson said. “Just a great track, thanks to everybody who was involved at Eagle Raceway. To be able to hold this many fans and put on a great, but also efficient show, I think being done by 9:45 is pretty awesome on a Tuesday night.”
Larson says he was impressed by the turnout of the fans, noting it’s always more fun to win, in front of a packed house.
“When you see that many fans, it’s just great,” Larson said. “This place was packed before engine heat… Everybody was just excited to get out here and watch some sprint cars again. I’m just glad we were able to put on a good show, the track was great, it was tricky, and that’s all you can really ask for.”
With the win, Kyle Larson took home over $28,000 and now heads off for NASCAR action in Sonoma, CA. this weekend.