Larson Edges LaJoie In Thrilling NH Finish

LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Larson won a drag race to the finish line against Corey LaJoie to capture the G-Oil 100 checkered flag in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Larson, a 20-year-old rookie from Elk Grove, Calif., took the lead from LaJoie on Lap 86 and held on through a pair of restarts for his second victory in 11 K&N Pro Series East races.

1 Kyle Larson
2 Corey LaJoie
3 Darrell Wallace Jr.
4 Dylan Kwasniewski
5 Chase Elliott

Larson, who competes for Rev Racing in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative, also won earlier this year at Gresham Motorsports Park on June 9 in Jefferson, Ga.

For LaJoie, who came up half a car-length short at the line, it was his fourth top-10 finish in six visits to the “Magic Mile.” He has a series-high three wins this season, but was looking for the first of his career at NHMS.

Darrell Wallace Jr. crossed the line third while Dylan Kwasniewski and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.

Bryan Ortiz, Travis Pastrana, Eddie MacDonald, Dale Quarterley and Michael McGuire brought home the top 10 in the K&N Pro Series East’s lone trip of the year to the 1.058-mile oval. It was the series’ 57th all-time event in Loudon.

With his win, Larson pulled within three points of Brett Moffitt in the championship standings. In fact, only 13 points separate the top four drivers. Moffitt leads with 422, Larson has 419, LaJoie has 410 and Elliott has 409. They are followed by Ortiz at 377, MacDonald at 376, Brandon Gdovic at 368, Ben Kennedy at 353, Wallace at 352 and Sergio Pena at 341.

The G-Oil 100 is scheduled to be televised on SPEED at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 27.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action on Sept. 29 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway with the American Real TV 150.