Wednesday, April 2, 2014

#NASCAR Nationwide or #KNWest?

Two weekends ago, NASCAR Race Mom had a hard decision to make. The top NASCAR Series, Sprint Cup and Nationwide were in town. However, the K&N Pro Series West was also racing that Saturday. NRM loves both the West and Nationwide series! Quite honestly, the West and Nationwide races are dearer to my heart than Cup! 

#NASCAR Race Mom at the “ 300” Fontana, CA.

Believe me when I tell you it was not an easy decision; nonetheless an opportunity for free Nationwide tickets in an awesome section made the resolution a tad easier. NASCAR Race Mom made the right decision. Tired of coming up short, Twenty-One-Year-Old Rookie, Kyle Larson fought hard for his opportunity to see Victory Lane in a Nationwide race.

The home state boy (California) did not flinch Saturday afternoon, turning back three hard-nosed Sprint Cup vets to cash in with his first Nationwide victory in 38 career starts.

Though Auto Club Speedway is a solid six-hour drive from his hometown of Elk Grove, the special milestone after a quintet of agonizing runner-up finishes in the series was extra savory in the backdrop of his home state.

That last caution, I never noticed a TV screen in the middle of (Turns) one and two," Larson said. "I saw my face and next to it, it said 'five second-place finishes in the Nationwide Series' and I was like, 'I am not getting another one.'

NASCAR Race Mom was thrilled to witness the NASCAR exhilaration as Larson, Kyle Busch and Keven Harvick battled for the win. Every fan remained standing and cheering for the last sixteen laps.

"I feel amazing right now," said Larson, "Probably more excited than I thought I would feel since I had gotten close five other times to winning a Nationwide race, but the way we got it done there at the end, beating Kyle, Kevin and Joey Logano was awesome."

#NASCAR Race Mom enjoying great racing and super friends!
Larson, who punctuated the win with a patented steering-wheel-less burnout and beamed as several drivers and crew members came to congratulate him in Victory Lane. The sprint-car standout's rapid rise through the stock-car ranks includes a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win last season at Rockingham and a full-time Sprint Cup roster spot this season, just two years removed from his championship in the developmental K&N Pro Series East.

NASCAR Race Mom would not be surprised if the “ 300” is heralded as the best Nationwide race of 2014! Larson did make his mark in history Saturday when he became the first California native to win a Nationwide race at the 2-mile oval. 

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