Press Release

Larson Happy Overton Wasn’t In All Star Race

Kyle Larson, who garnered Rookie of the Year honors in his Late Model debut this past Wednesday through Saturday in Eldora Speedway’s Dirt Late Model Dreams, concluded his week by winning Sunday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Larson opened his post-race winner’s media availability in Texas by commenting on the dominating performance of Brandon Overton at Eldora.

“First off, I’m just glad Brandon Overton wasn’t here to take more of our money. He was really good this week at Eldora.”

Overton, a full-time dirt racer from Evans, Georgia, earned $273,000 by winning the 2021 Dirt Late Model Dream ($127,000-to-win), the rescheduled 2020 Dirt Late Model Dream ($126,000-to-win), and his Twin 25 Qualifier features on Wednesday and Friday.

Larson had a solid week against 74 of the nation’s top Dirt Late Model stars: Wednesday, he time trialed sixth fastest, won his heat race, and finished eighth in his Twin 25 Qualifier ($2,100); Thursday, he won his heat race, and was charging forward in fifth position, the fastest car on car on the track, when contact and a resulting spin on lap-68 relegated him to a 13th place finish in the 27th Dirt Late Model Dream ($3,000); Friday – he time trialed fourth fastest, and finished fifth in his Twin 25 Qualifier ($3,000); and Saturday – he won his Heat Race, and finished sixth in the 26th Dirt Late Model Dream ($7,500).

Larson’s performance on Wednesday and Friday night, earned him each of the ‘Top Performing Rookie’ ($500), based on Eldora’s Every Lap Matters™ points format, and ‘Best Finish by a Rookie’ ($500) posted for the two preliminary nights. His 13th place finish in Thursday’s 27th Dirt Late Model Dream and sixth place finish in Saturday’s 26th Dirt Late Model Dream were the highest finishes by a rookie. Each of the ‘Rookie of the Year’ awards were worth $2,000.

Larson, and car owner Kevin Rumley’s K&L Rumley Enterprises team, took home $21,100 in race purses plus an addition $6,000 in rookie awards for a total of $27,100.

The winners of The Tony Stewart Foundation #Eldora5050 Raffle, benefitting selling charity Racing For Relief, have all claimed their jackpots: Wednesday – $9,274; Thursday – $27,193; Friday – $21,406; and Saturday – $31,806.