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Kyle Larson takes the checkers for first career USAC Midget win at Bloomington

Sunday, June 12, 2011

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Kyle Larson picked up his first career USAC Midget win during the "Indiana Midget Week" stop at Bloomington on Friday.
BLOOMINGTON -- Race fans packed the stands at Bloomington Speedway and were treated to a jam-packed, all open-wheel Indiana Stoneworks Night on Friday.

Fans could hardly take their eyes off the track as plenty of open-wheelers poured adrenaline-pumping action through every turn. The event featured 33 of the United States Auto Club Midget Cars and 32 of the Bloomington's traditional non-wing Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Cars.

Kyle Larson and Brady Short crossed the line first in each of their respective classes. Larson, of Elk Grove Calif., spent most of the USAC Indiana Midget Week feature race chasing Chris Windom, of Canton Ill. Windom jumped into the lead early in the event and hustled around the bottom of the red clay oval to lead 27 of the scheduled 30 laps. Nineteen year-old Larson, who earned his first career USAC victory, hammered away at the top of the track and took the lead after a costly miscue by Windom with three laps remaining. The two subsequently battled wheel to wheel around the entire oval before closed the door for good in the final turn of the race.

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Chris Windom (No. 11) and Kyle Larson battle for the lead during Friday's USAC Midget show at Blooomington Speedway.
Brady Short, of Bedford Ind., started on the outside of the third row and sliced his way to the lead just after the green flag fell on the Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint car feature race and went wire to wire to pick up the win. Short, who gave car sponsor Indiana Stoneworks a win on their first scheduled sponsor night of 2011 at Bloomington Speedway, opened up a huge lead and lapped cars by the halfway point of the race.

It was a different story behind Short however, as cars went wheel to wheel and three wide for position all around the oval. It was a three car fight for second with Dave Darland, of Lincoln Ind., CJ Leary, of Greenfield Ind., and Jon Stanbrough, of Avon Ind., battling furiously through every corner. Darland finally laid claim to the second spot with just two laps remaining with Leary and Stanbrough following him across the line. The next night of racing at Bloomington Speedway is B97 Night on Friday, June 17. The event features the Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Cars, the Tire & Wheel Center UMP Super Stocks, the O'Neal Wood Products UMP Modifieds and the Chad's Towing and Recovery Hornets. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. with racing getting under way at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 with children 12 and under FREE with a paying adult.

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